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Citizen-Centric IT Initiatives in Courts

Why is it in the news?

  • During the Diamond Jubilee celebration of the Supreme Court, the Prime Minister launched citizen-centric information and technology initiatives aimed at enhancing judicial accessibility and efficiency.

The initiatives include:

1) Digital Supreme Court Reports (Digi SCR)

  • This initiative aims to make Supreme Court judgments available to citizens of the country in electronic format free of cost.
  • By digitizing these reports, individuals can access judgments conveniently from anywhere, facilitating legal research, and empowering citizens to understand legal precedents and rulings.

2) Digital Courts 2.0 under e-Courts Project

  • The Digital Courts 2.0 initiative focuses on providing district court judges with electronic access to court records.
  • It enables judges to access case documents and information digitally, leading to faster decision-making and improved judicial productivity.
  • By leveraging AI technology, speech-to-text transcription can be performed in real-time during court proceedings.

3) Redesigned Website of Supreme Court

  • The Supreme Court launched a redesigned website with a user-friendly interface, catering to users in both English and Hindi languages.
  • The user-friendly interface improves navigation and search functionalities, enabling easier access to legal resources, case status, and other relevant information.

4) Expansion of Supreme Court Building Complex

  • With an approved budget of Rs. 800 crores, the expansion of the Supreme Court building complex aims to accommodate the growing needs of the judiciary.
  • The expansion project facilitates the effective functioning of the Supreme Court, providing adequate space for courtrooms, administrative offices, and support facilities.
  • Since 2014, the government has disbursed over Rs. 7,000 crores for upgrading the physical infrastructure of courts across the country.
E-Court Project

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 The E-Court project is a comprehensive initiative aimed at transforming the Indian judiciary through Information and Communication Technology (ICT) enablement.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 It is a Pan-India Mission Mode Project monitored and funded by the Department of Justice, Ministry of Law and Justice.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 By leveraging ICT solutions, the E-Court project enhances transparency, judicial productivity, and case management.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 It seeks to reduce pendency by enabling efficient handling and disposition of cases across district courts in the country.

National Judicial Data Grid (NJDG)

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 The NJDG serves as a centralized database of orders, judgments, and cases, created as an online platform under the e-Courts Project.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 It provides stakeholders with access to comprehensive and up-to-date judicial data, facilitating informed decision-making and monitoring of court proceedings.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 The NJDG enhances transparency and accountability in the judicial system by promoting data-driven insights and analysis.

National Service and Tracking of Electronic Processes

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 This initiative involves the development of a technology-enabled platform for serving electronic processes and issuing summons.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 It streamlines the process-serving mechanism, ensuring timely and accurate delivery of legal documents.

AI-Powered Portals (SUPACE and SUVAS)

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 SUPACE (Supreme Court Portal for Assistance in Court鈥檚 Efficiency) and SUVAS (Supreme Court Vidhik Anuvaad Software) are AI-powered portals designed to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of court operations.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 SUPACE provides assistance to the judiciary in improving court efficiency, while SUVAS serves as a machine-assisted translation tool for legal documents, facilitating multilingual communication and comprehension.

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