Government of Tamil Nadu Introduces Bill to Implement E-Stamps across the State Judiciary

In an attempt to implement the judgment of Madras High Court in United India Insurance Co. Ltd. v. Sagicor Capital Life Insurance Co. Ltd. 2013 SCC OnLine Mad 956, whereby a Single Bench of Sudhakar J. had suggested the adoption of e-Court-fee payment system for Madras High Court, all Civil Courts including the Motor Accident Claims Tribunal, the Government of Tamil Nadu has introduced the Tamil Nadu Court-fees and Suits Valuation (Amendment) Bill, 2016 before the State Legislative Assembly of Tamil Nadu. The Bill aims to provide for the payment of court fees through e-stamps by making the following amendments to the existing legislation:

  1. The expression “stamps” under Section 74 is to be substituted with “stamps or e-stamp”.
  2. The expression “or e-stamp” is to be inserted under Section 75.

The amendment, if passed, would pave the way for introducing e-stamps without obliterating the use of impressed/adhesive stamps.

-Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly

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