New Delhi: In a move aimed at speeding up delivery of justice and reducing its workload, the Delhi high court on Tuesday began the process of transferring civil cases pending before it to subordinate courts as per provisions of the Delhi High Court (Amendment) Act, 2015.

Enacted on 26 October, the law provides for the enhancement of pecuniary jurisdiction of district courts from 20 lakh to 2 crore.

Delhi high court chief justice G. Rohini ordered that all suits or proceedings originally filed and pending in the high court up to a value of 1 crore be transferred to lower courts, with the exception of those where judgment has been reserved.

She also directed that all pending suits whose pecuniary jurisdiction lies between 1 crore and 2 crore, originally filed in the high court, be transferred to subordinate courts.

However, commercial disputes exceeding the pecuniary jurisdictional value of 1 crore, originally filed in Delhi high court, are exempt from the transfer.

The Delhi High Court Bar Association had protested against the passing of the Act. Its secretary, Abhijat Bal, said, “Like in the past, execution and arbitration cases should have remained with the high court. We did submit a detailed representation and it is a matter of regret that it was not considered."

The last revision of pecuniary jurisdiction of Delhi district courts was done in 2003, when it was raised from 5 lakh to 20 lakh.

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