Roznama in an Indian Court
What is a Roznama?
Roznama is the register of the daily proceedings of a court case, maintained in every Indian Court. It contains the activity in a case and also records if any orders were passed in the case.
Roz = Day / Daily
Nama = Name / Record / Log / Register
Who maintains the Roznama?
The Roznama is maintained by the Court Clerk or Bench Clerk
What details are entered in the Roznama?
The Roznama lists details of the daily proceedings in a particular case.
Amongst other things, the Roznama includes:
- Court Name
- Court Room Number
- Case No. and Type
- Name of the Plaintiff or Applicant or Appellant
- Name of the Defendant or Respondent
- Chronological sequence of events in the case
The Schedule of Minutes of the case, includes the chronological events like:
- Date of Hearing
- Exhibit No. (if any exhibit was submitted to the Court)
- Progress of the case or Order passed on that Date
- Next Date of Hearing given by the Judge
Examples of Entries in the Roznama:
Business : Resumed Before Shri XYZ – Judge Presiding Over C.R. No. 1 Nobody present when called. Adjourned for Hearing on Exhibit 4 by Plaintiff
Next Purpose : Hearing In Notice Not Before 2.45 PM
Next Hearing Date : 08-10-2011
Exhibits : 22/A – Vakalatnama of Plaintiff
Business : Resumed before the court. Adv. for Plaintiff present and filed vakalatnama of Plaintiff. On oral request, adjourned for say of plaintiff on Ex. 11 as last chance.
Next Purpose : Reply In Notice Not Before 2.45 PM
Next Hearing Date : 16-02-2011
Where can the Roznama be seen?
The Roznama of that day can be seen by the party or his lawyer on the same day of the hearing. Alternatively, if you want to check the Roznama of a previous date, then you need to make an application and pay the necessary fees as per the Court Manual. (For the Maharashtra Court Rules see: https://court.mah.nic.in/courtweb/civil/html/chapter29.html)
Some Courts in Maharashtra and other states, allow you to see the Roznama of a matter online on their website.