Bihar rolls back hike in court fees

December 4th, 2008 - 5:31 pm ICT by IANS  

Patna, Dec 4 (IANS) Bihar has rolled back the hike in fees for filing petitions in courts, an official said Thursday.This move was welcomed by about 80,000 lawyers, including those of the Patna High Court and district courts, who early this year protested against the government’s move of last year to hike the fees.

The lawyers said the hike would have affected the common man, particularly the poor seeking justice.

According to the government gazette last year on the new fee structure, the charge for filing a public interest litigation (PIL) in the high court would have gone up to Rs.1,000. However, now PILs can be filed free of cost, and other petitions for a fee up to Rs.500 depending on the nature of the case.

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