By its notification of November 16, 2007, published in the Official Gazette, the High Court has amended Rule 196 of the High Court (Original Side) Rules, 1980 to permit all affidavits (i.e., including those to be filed in High Court proceedings) to be sworn/affirmed either before Court officers or as provided in § 139 of the Civil Procedure Code.
This means that affidavits filed in the High Court can now be notarized and need not be affirmed only before a Court officer.
The full text of the notification is below.
THE HIGH COURT OF JUDICATURE AT BOMBAY
No G/Amend/16226.— The Honble the Chief Justice and the Honble Judges are please to make the following amendment to the Rules and Forms of the High Court of Judicature at Bombay (Original Side) Rules, 1980 (Reprint 1987) by substituting Rule 196, Chapter XII at Page No.37 as follows:—
Affidavits shall be sworn either before the officers referred to in Rule 197 below or before persons mentioned in section 139 of the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908.
Dated the 16th November 2007
Ms. A. RODRIGUES,
Prothonorary & Senior Master,
High Court, Bombay.