City Courts To Get Computerized
The Department of Justice is sprucing up its outdated administrative, management and communication systems by computerizing 29 capital city courts, in cooperation with the National Informatics Centre (NIC).
The centrally funded project will see all 900 courts located in the state capitals and Union Territory headquarters linked by automated decision making and support systems.
While Judges will have better access to legal and judicial databases, litigants will be able to access information such as causes (cases to be listed), orders and judgments. Sensitive data will be secured with encryption and digital signature.
“The project has been initiated three years ago, implementation for phase I which covered the metro courts and phase II which covered the city civil courts has been completed. The third phase will cover the rest of the courts,” informed Shashi Bhushan, Technical Director (Courts), NIC.
These will be developed, delivered, installed and implemented by the NIC, who will also provide the necessary computer hardware and software and establish LAN connections for the courts. The court staff will also be trained to use the software for filing and disposal of cases, according to Bhushan.
He also informed that computer kiosks - provided in the high and supreme courts for public use, are also in the proposal stage.
Typically each city court will have 2 to 4 high-end servers (depending on court size), 2 desk systems - one each for stenographer and court clerk - for maintaining records and printers. The administrative, cash and accounts sections, besides the filing and query counters will also be computerized. Computers will be equipped with Windows 2000 Operating System.
The initiative is expected to reduce pending cases - thanks to appropriate automation of relevant processes, provide easy and transparent information access to the litigants, and generally help to strengthen routine judicial administration.
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