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D.Y.Chandrachud, Judge of Supreme Court and Chairperson, e-Committee of the Supreme Court inaugurated two new initiatives. One is the Judgments and Orders Portal and the other is an e-Filing 3.0 module.
The Pune-based e-Courts project team developed these two initiatives. These initiatives aim to strengthen the legal system in the country.
About Judgments and Orders Portal:
- Judgments and Orders search portal is a repository of judgments pronounced by various High Courts in the country. It provides a facility to search judgments and final orders based on multiple search criteria.
- Features: The main features of the portal are:
- Free text search facilitates user to search judgments based on any keyword or combination of multiple keywords
- Also, users can search judgments based on various criteria like bench, case type, case number, year, petitioner/ respondent name, judge name, etc.
About e-Filing 3.0 module:
- The E-Filing 3.0 module allows the electronic filing of court documents.
- Under the module, there will be no need for lawyers or clients to visit the court premises for filing a case. Further, the filing process can take place even when the court, client, and lawyer are at three different locations.
About E-Courts Project:
- eCourts is a Pan-India Project. The Department of Justice, Ministry of Law and Justice, monitors and funds this project. These are available for the District Courts across the country.
- The Project was conceptualized on the basis of the National Policy and Action Plan. The national policy aims at the Implementation of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the Indian Judiciary in 2005. Similarly, the aim of the project is to transform the Indian Judiciary by ICT-enabled courts.
- Objectives: The main objectives of the Project are:
- To provide efficient & time-bound citizen-centric service delivery.
- To develop, install & implement decision support systems in courts.
- Also, to automate the processes to provide transparency of Information access to its stakeholders.
- Further, to enhance judicial productivity and to make the justice delivery system affordable, accessible, and cost-effective.
- The e-Committee was set up in 2004. It provides a guide map for use of information technology and administrative reforms in the Indian judiciary.
- For that, the committee assists the CJI in formulating a national policy on the computerization of the judiciary.