Rs 440-crore e-courts project all set to speed up judicial system

Dhananjay Mahapatra | TNN

New Delhi: Innumerable trips to the courts, only to learn that their cases have been adjourned to another date, is something that more than five crore litigants in India have learnt to live with, largely due to the pendency of nearly three crore cases in the subordinate judiciary.Two more years and they need not go to the courts nor to their advocates to learn what orders have been passed by the trial court or whether the case has been adjourned.

<!----><!---->Waiting for President Kalam’s green light, which will be given on July 9, is a Rs 440-crore e-courts project.

<!----><!---->The benefits of such largescale computerisation are immense, says SC secretary-general V K Jain. First, the litigant need not come to the court to know about the status of his case, the orders passed by the judge and the next date of hearing.The litigant just has to log on to the court website from a cyber cafe near his home to get all this information at the click of a mouse, Jain said.Jain said the first phase of the e-courts project would be completed in two years. The actual e-court means each judge, would have a laptop on his desk, the lawyers would argue the client’s case using multi-media presentation and referring to the case law available on-line, Jain said.

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