Lawyers get smart in court

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They view live update of case on their smart phones, tablets

Recent electronic gadgets like touch screen smartphones, tablets and the use of information technology in court administration has brought about a change in day-to-day case management among lawyers practising in the Karnataka High Court.

A large number of advocates are now using these modern gadgets inside and outside the court halls to follow live updates provided by the Karnataka High Court on its website on the status of hearing of cases in around 40 court halls, and also to refer the citation of judgments.

The real-time online live updates provide information such as the serial number of the case as per the cause list, court hall number, stage of hearing (orders, admission and hearing, petition numbers). Besides, on taking the cursor to the court hall number, information on the petition, numbers of the cases that are passed over, is provided.

These live updates are also provided inside every court hall and at selected places on the court’s corridors through LCD display boards.

“These features have come in handy for advocates. Now we need not sit in a particular court hall waiting for the case to be called. We can now reach the court hall keeping track of the serial number of cases,” says M.N. Prasanna, a young tech-savvy advocate, although he said problems could arise during a technical snag.

Shahul Hameed, another advocate, points out that earlier they had to run from one court hall to another to know the status of hearing, and planning was more difficult when multiple numbers of cases were listed before different court halls. “Now we can keep track of the status on our fingertips and plan better,” he says.

Gururaj Joshi, an experienced advocate, always moves with his tablet, an external storage device and a touch phone. “I need not carry my law books or citation of judgments. I can refer to them online with my tablet while arguing the case. The tablet helps me do other work like drafting a petition, reading judgments and checking my mail, even as I wait for my case to be called,” says Mr. Joshi. He said he was able to answer queries from the judges on Supreme Court judgments by referring to them online instantly.

Obsolete signboards?

However, the signboards put up in every court hall saying ‘Use of mobile phones in court halls is strictly prohibited’ has become outdated as without using a phone the advocates cannot get the benefit of live updates provided on the court’s website.

Today, it is a matter of practice that all advocates keep their mobiles on vibration or silent mode so that court proceedings are not affected.

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