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Jithendra.H.J (Lawyer)     14 April 2009

Judiciary goes hi-tech for speedier justice

The e-Courts project has started yielding results. With past judgements just a click away, judges are not only finding it easy and time saving, but are also able to catch lawyers' bluff of citing wrong judgments.

This was witnessed during the hearing last Thursday in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case in a Delhi court.
 
When Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM), delhi  Rakesh Pandit was told by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) counsel that the court was not empowered to hear a case involving murder and cited an apex court ruling of 1994 to back the argument, the magistrate was not convinced.

Judge Pandit asked the court staff to bring his laptop and began searching for the apex court ruling.

Within seconds, the apex court ruling was in front of him. He informed the CBI counsel that the judgment cited has been set aside by the apex court in 1998, and therefore the contention of the investigation agency held no ground.

The CBI counsel had no option but to seek time to prove his contention over the magisterial court's jurisdiction. The court slated the matter for April 28.

The idea of giving laptops along with Internet connection to judicial officers was mooted by the e-committee of the apex court in 2007.

"It saves a lot of our time. We now don't have to read and carry bulky books with us. We read even during travelling, which also saves us a lot of paperwork," said a judicial officer not wishing to be named.

The establishment of e-Courts is also helping in speedy disposal of cases in the lower courts.

"One of our objective is to enable judicial officers access judgments of the apex court, high courts and even international courts at the click of a button and speed up their research work for a judgment, thus improving rate of disposal," the e-committee headed by Justice G C Bharuka said in his report to the law ministry's five-year plan to computerise all courts for speedy disposal of cases.

For the common litigant, the e-Courts project is lending greater transparency to the judiciary as well as speedy disposal of cases.

With web connectivity, the moment a judicial officer passes a judgment it gets automatically uploaded on the national judicial
website—thus reducing the waiting time for litigants to get copies of the order. They would earlier have to wait for hours outside the courts to get a copy of the order.

Judges now don't have to depend on the steno or other court staff to dictate orders. Many of them do the keying themselves while travelling or at home.

"With this system, our dependency on the stenos and other support staff of the courts has also come down," added the judicial officer.



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Arvind Singh (Profession)     14 April 2009

Hi,

Can u let me know the details of judicial website where a jugement is uploaded after its passing by the Judiciary?

Regards

Arvind singh

LLB Student

 

Arvind Singh (Profession)     14 April 2009

Hi,

Can u let me know the details of judicial website where a jugement is uploaded after its passing by the Judiciary?

Regards

Arvind singh

LLB Student

 

Arvind Singh (Profession)     14 April 2009

Hi,

Can u let me know the details of judicial website where a jugement is uploaded after its passing by the Judiciary?

Regards

Arvind singh

LLB Student

 

N.K.Assumi (Advocate)     14 April 2009

Indeed very unfortunate for the CBI Counsel, that he was not aware that he was standing before a learned ACMM. Thank you Jithendra for posting such important piece of your  informations and experience.

N.K.Assumi (Advocate)     14 April 2009

JUDICIARY IS ALREADY TRANSPARENT, ND THIS FACT IS EXHIBITED BY LCI:

Swami Sadashiva Brahmendra Sar (Nil)     14 April 2009

There are CDs of judgments with a remark index of decisions that are OVERRULED, NO LONGER GOOD LAW, PER INCURIAM, DISSENTED, REVERSED or FOLLOWED IN.

These should be made available to all judicial officers and tribunals.

Advocates who can aford, should also purchage these CDs .

K.C.Suresh (Advocate)     14 April 2009

siting an overruled citation is unfair. Thanks for the information

Y V Vishweshwar Rao (Advocate )     14 April 2009

 

Thanks  Mr Jithendra for the Information given by you !

Mr Aravind Singh !

I have seen in the  News Papers that  the Web cite, at present is for Judicial Officers only

 

Y V Vishweshwar Rao (Advocate )     14 April 2009

 

Thanks  Mr Jithendra for the Information given by you !

Mr Aravind Singh !

I have seen in the  News Papers that  the Web cite, at present is for Judicial Officers only

 


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