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Soon, a 24/7 digital window to archive cases from anywhere | India News


NEW DELHI: Limiting the role of the registry in prioritizing cases, Phase III of the e-Courts project, currently in the draft stage, has proposed a 24/7 digital window for litigants and attorneys to present cases from anywhere and at any time with the provision of scheduling digital hearings in an open court, ensuring compliance with deadlines by both judges and litigants.
The use of artificial intelligence (AI) has been proposed to “intelligently recommend hearing times by optimizing and coordinating the schedules and time of different actors (judges, lawyers and litigants)”.
The Centre’s ambitious eCourts project, started in 2005, has so far completed two phases. At a cost of Rs 2.3 billion, it has computerized almost all of the 19,000 functional district and subordinate courts with broadband connectivity and equipped the judges and each courtroom with modern communication devices. The electronic committee of the Supreme Court is responsible for policy planning and strategic direction.
The next phase of the judicial reforms envisages the complete transformation of the Indian courts into a digital platform, with facilities for ePay, eSummons, eHearings and eJudgment, where litigants will have the luxury of appearing remotely, scheduling hearings at their convenience and the option to choose an alternative dispute resolution mechanism or a regular case during electronic filing.
He has proposed an interoperable criminal justice system that will leverage connectivity between courts, prison and police to ensure speedy trial of cases and limit postponements due to the absence of witnesses or the unavailability of lawyers. The digital court will provide a data exchange protocol integrated with a privacy policy. During the second phase of the eCourts project, more than 3,400 courts have already been made compatible with video conferencing, providing connectivity to prisons. These facilities are already available in the Superior Courts and the Supreme Court.
Phase III of the eCourts project also proposes to allow the transcription of court proceedings from the audio / video format to a typescript digital record that can be made available to litigants and lawyers as an authenticated digital court record immediately after the end of the hearings. .
“Live streaming or sharing of recorded court proceedings can allow courts to be more open. Similarly, leveraging technology to enable transcription of court proceedings may allow courts to realize their full potential to become ‘courts of record,’ ”according to the draft proposal posted on the Department of Justice website in search of suggestions from interested parties.
The court registry will become a digital case registry where each case will be assigned a unique number that will help you locate it in the passage from one level to another, without the need to re-fill the documents in case of appeal in higher courts .
“Better scheduling mechanisms, online digital presentations and different hearing media will provide certainty of events, increase access to the courts from anywhere, and advance access to timely justice,” says the draft of the proposal, while emphasizes the “open court” system where court hearings and proceedings are open to the public for greater transparency and accountability.

Times of India