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'Small steps to save the environment should be taken immediately' : Uttarakhand High Court Reminds Advocates to avoid Paper Wastage

Lawstreet Journal 21 Dec 2020 10:57pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary 'Small steps to save the environment should be taken immediately' : Uttarakhand High Court Reminds Advocates to avoid Paper Wastage

In a recent judgement, Uttarakhand High Court stating that small steps must be taken immediately to save the environment, once again reminded advocates to avoid wastage of papers.

“The Act, Rules, notifications, Government Gazettes and Judgments are admissible in evidence even in the absence of filing the photocopies of it”, it stated while further adding, "The lawyers are annexing the copy of the Act, Rules, Gazette Notification and Judgments passed by this court and Hon’ble Apex Court which not only makes the petition bulky but ultimately causes harm to the ecology."

A single bench of Justice Lok Pal Singh, further observed that the practice of enclosing the copies of Act, Rules, notifications, Government Gazettes and Judgments with the petitions, which are otherwise available electronically, are prevailing in the Court which not only imposes financial burden upon the litigants but also causes great loss to environment.

The remark made by Justice Singh was in furtherance of a writ petition where learned counsel for the petitioner, Mr. Amar Murti Shukla, unnecessarily enclosed the Xerox copies of the judgments with the writ petition.

Citing Sections 37 (Relevancy of statement as to fact of public nature, contained in certain Acts or notifications) and 38 (Relevancy of statements as to any law contained in law-books) of Indian Evidence Act, the court observed how paper production has enormous negative effects on the environment.

“The paper is the produce of forest and as we use the huge paper sometimes for no reason, it ultimately damages and affects the forest which… Continue Reading...


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