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Electronic Courts Can Allow Cases To Be Presented 24/7 From Anywhere | India News

NEW DELHI: Limiting the role of the registry in prioritizing cases, Phase 3 of the e-Courts project, currently in the draft stage, has proposed a 24/7 digital window for litigants and attorneys to file cases from anywhere and at any time with the provision of programming. digital hearings in an open court, ensuring compliance with deadlines by both judges and litigants.
The use of artificial intelligence has been proposed to “intelligently recommend hearing times by optimizing and coordinating the schedules and time of the different actors (judges, lawyers and litigants)”, the draft proposal published on the website of the Department of Justice seeking suggestions from interested parties. saying.
The Centre’s ambitious electronic court project, started in 2005, has so far completed two phases. At a cost of Rs 2.3 billion, it has computerized nearly all 19,000 functional district and subordinate courts with broadband connectivity and equipped judges and courtrooms 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 envisions a complete transformation of Indian courts into digital platforms, with electronic payment services, electronic subpoenas, electronic hearings and electronic trials, where litigants can appear remotely, schedule hearings at their convenience and a 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 e-Courts project, more than 3,400 courts were made compatible with video conferencing, providing connectivity with prisons. These facilities are now available in the Supreme Court and superior courts.
Phase 3 also proposes to allow the transcription of court proceedings from the audio / video format to a typed digital record that can be made available to litigants and attorneys after the hearings are completed. “Live streaming or sharing of recorded court proceedings can allow courts to become more open,” the draft proposal said.
The court record will become a digital case record where each case will be assigned a unique number that will help locate the case as it progresses from one level to another, without the need to re-fill the documents in case of appeal in superior courts. .

Times of India