Union Law Ministry has notified Delhi High Court Amendment Act, 2015 which was passed by Parliament in August, 2015.
The Amendment Acts amends the Delhi High Court Act, 1966 in order to reduce the workload of the Delhi High Court.
- Provides for enhancement of pecuniary jurisdiction of the District Courts of Delhi from 20 lakh to 2 crore rupees.
- Empowers the Chief Justice (CJ) of the Delhi High Court to transfer any pending suit to a relevant subordinate court.
Implications: This amendment act reduces the burden of Delhi High Court and seeks to substantively improve disposal of cases in subordinate Courts. It will also facilitate access of the general public to District Courts ensuring speedy justice to litigants at their door steps.
This is second amendment to the parent act and the last revision of pecuniary jurisdiction was done in 2003 to raise it from five lakh to 20 lakh rupees.