CUT: Police FIRs, charge sheets, and other state reports will now bear a uniform Times New Roman font with 12 point size and 1.5 line spacing. In a circular pursuant to an order from the High Court of Orissa, the DGP instructed the police to use the uniform model of font size and line spacing when preparing the FIR, charge sheet , the final form, the prosecution report, etc., in all types of cases for better visibility and readability of the content.
It all started when Single Judge SK Panigrahi came across a copy of an indictment while considering a bail application five months ago. The indictment was neither human readable nor visible correctly due to the very small font size of the text prepared by the investigator.
Judge Panigrahi considered that such a small font size results in a considerable waste of time and energy on the part of the court when reading it. In fact, presenting information in a perceptually degraded manner is an affront to the reader of the text. It is a regular phenomenon encountered by the prosecution, the defense and the court. Such a small font size results in a considerable waste of time and energy for the court when reading it.
“This is a very serious problem and the DGP, Odisha should advise all officers in all police stations to follow a uniform pattern of font size 12 in Times New Roman when preparing the charge sheet,” of the FIR or of any report with a line spacing of 1.5 which must ensure better visibility and readability, ”observed Judge Panigrahi during the issuance of the instruction on March 19.
In an affidavit submitted to court on Aug. 24, the DGP said he had previously instructed all police districts to use a uniform font size template of 12 in Times New Roman and 1.5 line spacing. when preparing the FIR / final form / prosecution report.