Can IT transform Judiciary?
The Indian Judicial system is independent and impartial. The Indian Courts have maintained very high standards of judicial integrity. However, the system is very time consuming. There is huge backlog of pending cases causing delays in actually delivering justice. It is estimated that around 250million cases are pending in various courts in India. As some people say, “Justice delayed is Justice denied”. The cost of litigations are going up, and some litigants are indulging in corrupt practices.
In the past few years, few allegations of corruption in the judiciary have been reported in the news. However, the proportion is very less and thus, not alarming at present. The Government has initiated various measures to introduce reforms in judiciary, namely:
Setting up of more fast-track courts
Digitizing the current case records, converting courts to ‘e-courts’ for speedier delivery of justice. Delhi High Court became the first paperless e-court recently.
The reforms ensure that India gets a speedier judicial system. However, this is just a beginning. Setting up of ‘e-courts’ is not the last mile in itself. The penetration of IT in Indian Judiciary has just begun. Can they replicate the success of BFSI in Judiciary? Do we know the opportunities of transformation?