The petition filed by two law students — Akriti Agarwal and Lakshaya Purohit — states that to bring uniformity, use of A4 size paper and printing on both sides for all purposes in the High Court of Delhi and in its all subordinate courts should be permitted.
The plea states that the Supreme Court has mandated the implementation of A4 size paper with double side printing for all pleadings.
The petitioner contended that currently in most judicial and quasi-judicial bodies functional in India, an exclusively designed size of paper namely the foolscap/legal size paper is being used for pleadings.
However, in some high courts, district courts and quasi-judicial bodies, an indefinite combination of both foolscap/legal size paper and A4 size paper are being used.
“This disorganised and unreasonable practice of using different papers at different places is not just creating hindrance for people in accessing justice both inside and outside the courts, but it also renders the entire legal system non-uniform and arbitrary,” the plea said.
“This invidious discrimination is making our legal system unfriendly and inaccessible and is circumstanced without any rational basis or relationship which is quite opposed to the established principle of ‘equality before law’ under Article 14 of the Constitution of India,” the plea said.