November 28, 2017:
The automated email facility for the Litigants is a new project under the e-courts programme of Supreme Court.
All over the Country, Trial courts will now start updating the litigants about the status of their cases through email,
This step is expected to bring more transparency and efficiency in the lower judiciary which is bogged down by a mountain of crores of pending cases.
A mail would be sent out on the day the case is heard, informing the litigants about the day’s proceedings and the next date of hearing before the Court.
The litigants will also get a reminder mail a day before the hearing.
For availing this facility, a litigant will have to provide email address while filing a case. In case of a respondent, it should be done at the time when the person marks an appearance for the first time.
Launched just a fortnight ago, the Judiciary’s automated email facility is a new project under the e-courts programme started in 2005 to digitise judicial proceedings.
India’s judicial system has been hobbled by backlog.
The Project is conceived by Supreme Court’s e-courts committee, the mailing system comes two years after the panel began the National Judicial Data Grid, which is open to public access and gives district-wise break up of all the pending cases.
Headed by Justice MB Lokur, the e-committee designed a training program for the trial-court staff as well.
When somebody feeds the case information in the system and then it can be processed as a mail,” the officer said.
The Project is to provide correct information directly to a litigant.
It is believed that on many occasions lawyers do not give correct Picture to their clients of what happens in the court.
The next stage would be to extend the program to all 24 high courts in the country.
Since the data grid was now available for high court cases, e-courts committee is working towards providing this facility to all the HC litigants.
District judges too have been trained to make use of the data grid.
Case details, which is available electronically, will help them to work out a plan for better case management, sources said.
Besides this training workshops, online training manuals too have been uploaded on the grid for the judges to analyse the data themselves.
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Source - ptinews.com