India launches e-court fee payment system

Delhi High Court unveils a new feature where litigants can buy stamp papers online, and help ease filing and disposal of cases.

India's Delhi High Court has just introduced an electronic court fee system that will allow litigants to buy stamp papers--used to file court cases--online instead of having to physically stand in queue to do so.

The new feature is part of the wider existing e-court system in India's judiciary, the Economic Times reported Tuesday.

"This is a historic step which will bring transparency in the administration of justice. The government would extend its support to make a modern judicial system," Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit said.

In a separate report by Indo Asian News Service (IANS), Dikshit called it a major step forward in developing a modern judicial system and an e-governed state, and urged the new e-court fee system be implemented in all of India's district courts as early as possible.

Noting how the new system would help reduce delays in paying the fees, Chief Justice of Delhi High Court, D Murugesan, added within the next couple of months, litigants will be able to buy stamp papers online at any time beyond office hours, according to the Economic Times.

"The court fee stamps would be available 24-by-7 so that filing of cases will be easy. Electronic payment of court fee will be a stepping stone and the system will go a long way to help in disposal of cases," he noted.