CJI Launches Applications to Facilitate Litigants and Lawyers

The Chief Justice of India Hon’ble Justice Dipak Misra launched various applications for the benefit of the litigants and lawyers during the third week of August 2018 at an event in the Supreme Court of India. Honorable Sh. Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister of Law and Justice released brochures to increase awareness about eCourt initiatives and user manuals on the applications and services provided under eCourts Project to publicize work done under eCourts Project and to enable litigants, lawyers and other stakeholders to avail these services.

E-Filing application:

The application is meant for online registration of lawyers and litigants. Through the application, one can file cases from any part of India to any court on registration.

Portfolio management of cases of litigants and lawyers is provided on the portal and one can get updates from time to time about filed cases, cases under objection or rejected cases.

The e-Filing application will facilitate efficient administration of Judicial System by easing pressure on filing counters and will speed up workflow processing. Data entry will be more accurate which will help to make data-driven decisions in court administration.

It will start building digital repositories which will auto-generate paper books and can be quickly transmitted to Higher Courts which will reduce delays. It will also help reduce touch point of litigants will also result in more productivity of staff members and will help send documents for service to other locations or mail addresses which will be relatively easy.

It is a unified portal wherein facility to pay online court fees is provided. The platform is user-friendly which can be used with very little self-help. At present, the facility will be made operational in two states – Maharashtra and Haryana.

The OTP authentication provides a secure way to financial transactions and one can get instant acknowledgment through SMS and print receipt. The application is beneficial for the judicial administration since verification of court fees becomes more easy, secure and transparent and accurate figures of court fees collected can be generated for any court, district or State.

National Service and Tracking of Electronic Processes (NSTEP):

It is launched as part of the eCourts Project. It is a transparent and secure system for the transmission of the process from one location to another and will address delays in the process. It offers a facility to send electronic processes directly to registered mail of the addressee by secured mechanism; enables uploading of documents associated with the process; and facilities like tracking GPS, obtaining a photograph and on-screen signature.

NSTEP will lead to the secured auto-generation of processes with unique QR Code through CIS, publishing processes on portal and transmission of processes to other court complexes. The service will empower litigants with real-time information relating to the status of service of process and will entail litigants to take immediate follow-up action which will reduce delays.

The eCourts Mission Mode Project (Phase I 2010-15; Phase II 2015-19) is a national eGovernance project for ICT enablement of a district and subordinate courts of the country.

It is being implemented by the Government of India with a total outlay of 1670 crores (Phase II).

The major objectives of the Project are to make whole judicial system ICT enabled by putting in place adequate and modern hardware and connectivity; automation of workflow management in all courts; electronic movement of records from taluka/trial to appeal courts; installation of video conferencing (VC) facility and recording of witness through Video Conferencing.

Specific targets set under the Project include: computerization of all the courts (around 20400) and DLSA and TLSC; WAN and cloud connectivity in 3500 court complexes; full Installation and use of Video Conferencing facility at 3000 Court Complexes and 1150 prisons; charting out key identified citizen services like electronic filing, daily orders, delivery of decrees, online case status in all the district courts etc.

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