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In tandem with technology At the launch of the third edition of the Code of Civil Procedure in book and digital format

In tandem with technology At the launch of the third edition of the Code of Civil Procedure in book and digital format  



The Code of Civil Procedure is now available at your fingertips

Manupatra's unveiling of The White Book, as the third edition of The Code of Civil Procedure 1908 by Anupam Srivastava and Monika Srivastava is known, brought with it a technological renaissance in the legal literati. The launch of the hard copy coincided with the historic release of its publication on Kindle which etched Manupatra as the first law publisher in India to explore this avenue. Kindle is a wireless reading device developed by Amazon.com for rendering and displaying e-books and other digital media. Leading providers of online legal research materials, Manupatra are recognised for their user-friendly approach, and this development seeks to reinforce the impression.

Historic

Justice Madan B. Lokur, the chief guest for the event, said , “It is a historic day, the first day an e-book is released, and I am glad it is the CPC which led the way.”

The event took place recently in Delhi and was akin to a reunion of the top tiers of the legal circuit with funny quips and musings all around. Guest of honour Justice A. K. Sikri had been an instructor to both the authors, who are practising civil lawyers in the Delhi High court. The White Book edition of the Code of Civil Procedure contains the Bare Act with comments, Amendment Acts of 2002 and 1999, Comparative Table between Amending Acts and a CD-Rom. The book by itself is contemporary in content, presentation and style. It has diverted from the age-old tradition of law books being released in several volumes and has compressed the complicated Code of Civil Procedure to a 2358-page, concise, single volume. It has a continuous flow and incorporates all the amendments in the body of the act. It has shifted from footnotes to annotations. The authors also brought to light that this book has reduced side lines by almost an inch and has contributed its bit to saving paper. It seems they have vowed to make the book ‘first' in every arena. The CD ROM with the package contains the entire contents of the book in a flexible format with hyperlinks to redirect to various sections. It also has provisions to read complete text of the case laws referred to simply by clicking on the citation points.

It is yet to be seen if technology works its magic as a ‘pacesetter' over the legal eagle and the system in turn.

G. JANANI

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