e-Filing still playing catch but tech use dissolves distance, brings 100mn cases one click away for litigants across Indian courtsTimes of India #Per_CentJanuary 12, 2019
The eCourts, is a project launched in 2010 with the second phase in 2015 seeking to use technology to streamline access to justice and ensure better case management by courts.
Bombay HC is the only HC which received over Rs 100 crore.
“The eCourts Project was to be completed by 31.3.2019.
It is completed ahead of time as far as the eCommittee is concerned,’’ said Justice Lokur.
As far as e-filing of cases, he said on Wednesday to TOI, “e-filing facility has been made available by eCommittee and is fully operational, with security audit.’’ Explaining why it hasn’t taken off he said, “Lawyers, litigants and judges have only to use the facility so that courts can become paperless.’’
Justice Lokur calls for more “proactive’’ efforts from High Courts to fully implement the project and to get e-filing off the ground too across the nation.. “The High Courts have been already given all technological and financial support for case and court management.
The e-filing facility is available and operational and with security audit in Delhi high court for several types of disputes.
The registry in Bombay HC has to be given scanned documents of certain types of commercial disputes on a pen drive along with hard copies of the suits being filed said advocates Abhijeet Desai and Hitesh Jain.
Quicker delivery of court services including Case Status Information, Next Date, orders, proceedings, online judgment copies are what litigants and lawyers will be offered through eCourts services, with efficient access to case information, anytime, anywhere, the goal.
Feeding in data in the second phase of the project, of cases filed, disposed or pending before all courts in the subordinate judiciary including magistrates, family courts, industrial courts, small causes courts, taluka and district courts now allows ordinary litigants from talukas to cities, alike, to even access details of their cases on the go, on data enabled cell phones.