Electronic filing paving form for virtual courts, without going back: CJI

NEW DELHI: The Chief Justice of the Indian Supreme Court said on Friday that the pandemic forced to rethink the operation of the higher court, which paved the way for virtual courts. He stressed that this step will not be reversed.

We went to make video conferences to reduce the passage in the court facilities. We have to change according to the needs of the times. We have to accept the current situation. There is a need for a change of mind. Now there is no going back. He said at the opening of an online demonstration of the Supreme Court's electronic filing module, which was broadcast online.

The inauguration was also attended by the President of the electronic Committee of the Supreme Court of Justice, D.Y. Chandrachud.

This electronic filing business is the first step in establishing electronic courts, CJI added.

Supreme Court President Bobde said it is an extraordinary situation in extraordinary times, and the pandemic forced to rethink how the high court works. Rethinking what is essential to the essence of the judicial system ... The Supreme Court was the first institution to respond to this danger (spread), he said.

It was decided not to open in the usual way and then went to virtual courts and, through this movement, ensured that the court did not become the center for spreading the virus, he added.

He insisted that this electronic filing business is the first step towards electronic courts, and there is no doubt that electronic filing received a boost due to the coronavirus.

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Technology must be easy to use and does not exclude any citizen anywhere. The rule of law must survive regardless of the virus. Artificial intelligence can play a big role in court organization, case categorization, and court automation. If we were to have if we have this system during the Ayodhya affair then we could have dealt much more efficiently as there were thousands of pages to go, CJI said, claiming that the shutdown prepared the apex court for a new working environment. .

He said the pandemic has presented unprecedented challenges, and requires a calibrated and institutional response. What we do today will define the future. In addition to the Supreme Court, we have 17,000 courts. Overcoming initial failures, the deployment of VC hearings has been used across the country, he said.

Cite has dealt with 450 cases through videoconference, and the courts of first instance have dealt with thousands of cases. We have devised: electronic submissions, which are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Digitized objection scrutiny mechanism. Electronic payment of court fees and incorporation of digital signatures. The dashboard will be a complete electronic folder of all individual data for the respective attorneys, Judge Chandrachud said, insisting that electronic filing is important to an efficient justice delivery system.

The President of the Association of Defenders of the Supreme Registry (SCAORA), lawyer and the President of the Supreme Court (SCBA), main lawyer were also present on the occasion.