The Himachal legislative assembly has approved a bill providing for online payment of court fees, thus revising the existing norms, to facilitate lawyers, litigants and the public.
Presenting the bill in the house for discussion on Tuesday, state revenue minister Kaul Singh Thakur said the bill had been introduced following the Himachal Pradesh High Court's proposal to amend section 34 (under which the fees can be only paid through stamps) of the Himachal Pradesh Court Fees Act, 1968. The bill was introduced in the house on Monday
“Providing an online mode for payment of court fees was necessary as it will save the public both time and money The Supreme Court has already adopted the e-filling system for online payment of court fees,” Thakur added.
The house cleared the bill that will replace the HP Court Fees (Amendment) Ordinance, 2014 promulgated by Himachal Pradesh governor Urmila Singh on October 1 this year.
The assembly also amended subsection 47 of section 17 of the Himachal Pradesh Advocates Welfare Fund Act, 1996 that provides for lifetime membership by paying of Rs5,000 at the time of admission as a member of the fund.
The bill was brought for amendment on the request of the advocates trust committee that resolved to do away with the need to renew fund membership every two years and instead decided to offer annual or lifetime membership on payment of the requisite fees.