“We must ensure that technology is accessible, affordable and adds value” – Narendra Modi
As rightly said, we are in the world of Digitisation, a world of innovative ideas. Developed countries like U.S.A., U.K. and Japan are digitised. Everything, i.e. from entertainment to official work has been digitised. Every day, to be more specific every hour a new innovative idea is born. Presently, India is marching towards world of complete digitisation. India’s population consists of mostly the youth. It is the youth who are the future of the country. The Government of India headed by PM Modi is encouraging the blowing minds of the country to think and come up with innovative ideas of development. For example, encouragement of building start-ups. Statistics show that since 2010 every year there are plenty of start-ups coming up, many of them coming up in the silicon city of India, Bangalore. In such a scenario, the judiciary cannot be an exception.
E Court is a location where legal matters are arbitrated in a well developed technical infrastructure. It is implemented to increase the efficiency of the court by expediting the access to information. The first proposal for e court project was made a decade ago in 2004. Since then the project has come a long way crossing technical and financial hurdles. The stupendous task is almost complete and soon it will be a reality.
The courts, lawyer’s chambers will no longer be surrounded by mountain of files and papers. The common man for the first time will get to know the progress of his / her case, just by click of the mouse. He / she will no longer feel delusional about the proceedings, as everything will be accessible in black and white. They can access their case at any time, from any place in the world and for any number of times as they want.
The Government has decided to implement Integrated Case Information Management System. This system provides an access to the litigant to file a suit and track it on real time basis. E courts are not only advantageous to common man but to legal fraternity as well. Hon’ble Supreme Court and High Court judges can track the case from sub-ordinate courts, get to know the case records, lawyers can access plethora of cases at ease and speed etc. The real objective is going paperless.The standard piece of equipment of any court / chamber;the typewriter, has already been replaced by computers. The entire data will be available on the palm! It is a wonderful step as it is environment friendly i.e. it will reduce cutting of trees to produce paper and also save gallons of water to plant new trees for the same. The system of E Court will ensure transparency. As a matter of fact, the apex court has 61,000 pending cases whereas in the high courts, there are around 3,87,000 pending cases. Through the E Court system, cases shall be solved quickly and thus reduce the number of pending cases. The facility of E Court system itself will bring such a big relief to stakeholders and in turn will rejuvenate their faith in justice delivery system. What an advantage to a common man!
“Justice delayed is justice denied”. As rightly quoted, through E Court system, hopefully no justice will be delayed and we can see justified days ahead.