Inviting the public to keep tabs on the burgeoning case pendency rates in their local courts, the Supreme Court on Saturday launched the public access portal of the National Judicial Data Grid (NJDG) district courts in a step towards demystification of the judicial process for the ordinary citizen.
With this, the ambitious effort to digitise court system through the eCourts Project has reached the public, encouraging the litigants and the general public to watch the pendency graphs and, may be in the future, suggest solutions against delayed justice.
The NJDG already has information of 1.94 crore pending cases out of about 2.7 crore cases in district courts, except those in Madhya Pradesh and Delhi, where case data is being migrated to national version of case information software.
The public access portal, designed under the guidance of Chief Justice of India H.L. Dattu and inaugurated by Justice Madan B. Lokur, who is the apex court's eCommittee chief, will disseminate for the public national, State, district and court-wise information about institution and disposal of cases on a monthly basis. It would also separately provide data and details of cases filed by senior citizen and women.
“With this, the figures of pendency of district judiciary courts across the country, in aggregate for country and States as well as individual court/judges are left open for being accessed by anyone visiting the National eCourts portal 'ecourts.gov.in',” a Supreme Court statement said.
Daily updates The pendency statistics would be updated by district court complexes on a daily basis. The pendency would be broken into civil and criminal cases segregated into age-wise categories of up to two years, 2-5 years , 5-10 years and more than 10 years.
The NJDG page for public access will also disseminate national and State, district and court-wise information about institution and monthly disposal of cases and also the cases filed by senior citizen and women in the total pendency.
The public access page also has feature of monitoring alerts like all cases listed today across the country and the cases where no date is updated or a date more than three months later is updated.
“This initiative is in furtherance of the motto of judiciary to promote transparency and access of information for all stakeholders of the justice delivery system,” it said.