KERALA

e-court project gathers momentum



A Judicial Service Centre and Mediation Centre are coming up at the Kozhikode court complex, writes

Biju Govind.



The nation-wide ‘e-court’ project aimed at “paperless courts” is getting ready in the city. As part of the project, a judicial service centre, linked by digital inter-connectivity with 20 other courts, will be set up at the Kozhikode Court complex.

Preliminary steps have been taken to introduce the e-filing system. The Rs.2-crore project will go on stream within two months with the completion of the electronic and electrification works at the service centre of the new building of the complex.

Official sources said the e-court project would ensure transparency, speedy disposal of cases and accountability. All 43 judicial officers who have been trained have been provided with laptops, printers and Internet access to implement the system in a smooth manner. The first phase of the training programme for the staff of judicial officers has also been completed.

He said the e-court system will end the conventional practice of courts informing the respondents and petitioners about a particular case. The service centre will allot specified numbers to all cases thus creating a database of all cases. The unique number of a particular case will allow the user to identify all details connected with it.

All judicial decisions of the court will be known without delay. As of now, copies of the verdict sometimes reach the petitioner or respondent after a few weeks.

The user-friendly facility will help those involved in cases to get details on a daily basis from the courts.

Four counters will be set up at the service centre. Each will cater to cases in five courts.

The computerisation of courts is progressing at a fast pace. The National Informatics Centre is providing the technical support. In the first phase, the e-court facility will be implemented in the courts of the Court Complex. It will be extended to the Family Court, Marad Courts at Eranhipalam and Wakf Tribunal.Similarly, a mediation centre is also coming up at the Court Complex.

The District Judge, who is also chairman of the District Legal Services Authority, is starting the mediation centre, aimed at settling cases out of court. Dragging family-related matters to courts take time for settlement.

The Union Law Ministry launched the e-court project in 2007 with the aim of computerising the judicial process right from the Munisif courts to the Supreme Court. The project will also have digital archiving of the apex court and high courts of various States.

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