e-Filing software developed by eCommittee, for district courts and high courts was launched during E-Courts National Conference in New Delhi.
e-Filing software has the facility to e-sign uploaded documents and registered advocates and parties or persons will be able to file their cases in the district courts. A new version of Case Information System (CIS) 3.0 was also showcased with various tools relating to court management, case management and judicial planning and monitoring. The new version of CIS will be released and deployed soon.
The eCourts Mission Mode Project is a national eGovernance project for ICT enablement of district and subordinate courts of the country. It is being implemented by the Government of India with a total outlay of Rs. 1,670 crores in Phase II from 2015-19.
The major objectives of the E-courts 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 facility and recording of witness through video conferencing, connecting all courts in the country to the National Judicial Data Grid (NJDG) through WAN and additional redundant connectivity, citizen centric facilities such as electronic filing, e-payment and use of mobile applications in all courts; touch screen based kiosks in each court complex, full computerisation of state and district level judicial and service academies and centres.
Specific targets include: Computerization of all the courts (around 20,400) and DLSA and TLSC; WAN and cloud connectivity in 3,500 court complexes; full Installation and use of video conferencing facility at 3,000 court complexes and 1,150 prisons; charting out key identified citizen services like electronic filing, daily orders, delivery of decrees, online case status in all the district courts etc.
Use of National Judicial Data Grid (NJDG) for Judicial planning and monitoring, generating various statistical reports for administration and policy decisions was demonstrated. A need was expressed that management users may be created for principal district judges as well as for portfolio judges.
Automated Mailing Service recently launched for the benefit of litigants and lawyers, was well applauded. It was noted that all the developments of all the cases relating to particular litigants and lawyers, are communicated by a single mail with the help of Automated Mailing Service. Apart from this, cause list services, case status services, next dates, filing registration scrutiny and objectives are some important events where automated mails are being sent to the registered mail address to the litigants and lawyers. Within short time, the figures of events sent through mails has reached to 40 lakh.
SMS push service has been widely used across the country by the litigants and lawyers. This SMS service is more popular in remote areas where mobile phones without internet facility, are used by the litigants and lawyers. Similarly, SMS pull service is made operational recently. Anybody can send CNR no. to 9766899899 and in response, he would get the case status.