Various Initiatives Under The E-Court Project Unveiled by PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a number of initiatives related to the e-court project on November 26, 2022, during the Constitution Day celebrations at the Supreme Court of India. The Virtual Justice Clock, the JustIS mobile App 2.0, the Digital Court, and the S3WaaS Websites are among the initiatives that the Prime Minister has announced. The e-Courts Mission Mode Project is a national e-Government initiative for the district and subordinate courts of the nation to be ICT enabled. The project's goal is to give courts better ICT capabilities so they can provide litigants, attorneys, and the judiciary with specialised services. The e-court project is supported by the National Policy and Action Plan for Implementation of Information and Communication Technology in Judiciary-2005.*
On a daily, weekly, or monthly basis, a project called Virtual Justice Clock attempts to present significant data regarding the administration of justice at the court level, including details on cases that have been filed, cases that have been settled, and cases that are still outstanding. An effort is being made to make the operation of the courts accountable and transparent by disclosing to the public the status of the court's case dispositions. Anyone can visit the Virtual Justice Clock of any court location on the district court’s website.
Judicial officers will have access to the app for efficient case and court management by tracking the disposition of not only his court but also of individual judges who operate under them. Judges of the High Court and Supreme Court can now monitor the status of every state and district under their jurisdiction by using this app, which is also made available to them.
In order to facilitate the transition to paperless courts, the digital court initiative makes the court records available to the judge in digitised form.
The creation, configuration, deployment, and management of websites for the publication of particular data and services pertaining to district judicial are all made possible by the S3WaaS Websites framework. Governmental organisations can create secure, scalable, and sugamya (accessible) websites using the cloud service known as S3WaaS. It is divyang friendly, multilingual, and citizen friendly.
The National Judicial Data Grid now housed 77 lakh High Court decisions that were freely accessible to all citizens. The technological framework introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic to be augmented instead of dismantled, the judiciary also called for institutional reforms to resolve issues of access to justice. Technology's supporting infrastructure must not be destroyed. In order to eliminate institutional problems such delays in listing and hearing, the judiciary is looking to employ technology in the listing of cases and court hearings. It was necessary to improve and fortify the district judiciary because it served as the initial point of contact for those seeking access to justice. The judiciary's biggest problem in a country like India was making justice accessible to all. It is crucial that the judiciary engages the public rather than waiting for them to do so.
We can rightfully be proud of our path as a country and our accomplishments in a variety of disciplines after 75 years of freedom. As we enter Amrit Kaal, it is also a moment to reaffirm our trust in our people and our Constitution. We should also renew and rededicate ourselves to our goal of building a new, independent, powerful, united, and compassionate nation over the course of the next 25 years. We shall surely be able to realise the values that the Constitution has proclaimed with the aid of Amrit Kaal's "Panch Pran."