Bhubaneswar: The Court Fees (Odisha Amendment) Bill, 2020 was passed in the Odisha Legislative Assembly on the third day of the Monsoon Session today to facilitate electronic mode of payment of court fees.
In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Orissa High Court and other subordinate courts are functioning in restricted manner through video conferencing. Further, keeping in view the social distancing norms issued by the Government, the HC has permitted electronic filing of cases which necessitates electronic method for payment of court fees.
Since the Court Fees Act, 1870 has provision for payment of court fees through physical stamps only, it required suitable amendment for payment and refund of court fee through electronic mode (e-payment) in the event of e-filing of cases, in addition to the prevailing system of payment through stamp.
This will enable the litigants and other stakeholders to have easy access to judicial process at all times, including the present crisis caused by COVID-19 pandemic.