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E-Courts

The eCourts Mission Mode Project, is a Pan-India Project, monitored and funded by Department of Justice, Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of India for the District Courts across the country.

Objectives

Overall objectives

  • To provide efficient & time-bound citizen centric services delivery as detailed in eCourt Project Litigant's Charter.
  • To develop, install & implement decision support systems in courts.
  • To automate the processes to provide transparency in accessibility of information to its stakeholders.
  • To enhance judicial productivity, both qualitatively & quantitatively, to make the justice delivery system affordable, accessible, cost effective, predictable, reliable and transparent.

The specific objectives of the Project include

  • 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 (VC) 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.

Implementation

The eCourts Mission Mode Project (Phase I 2010-15; Phase II 2015-19) 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 1670 crores (Phase II).

Phase III

Phase III of the eCourts Project in India is rooted in two central facets—access and inclusion. Phase III of the eCourts Project envisions a judicial system that is more easily accessible irrespective of geographical distances, efficient and equitable for every individual who seeks justice, makes more efficient use of human and other resources, and absorbs the latest technology for a positive environmental impact.

This vision for Phase III is sought to be built on the following four building blocks:

  • Core Values: Phase III must strive for a modern judicial system, governed by core values of trust, empathy, sustainability and transparency which, while simplifying procedures, will maximise the positives of technology and minimise its risks and challenges.
  • Whole-of-system approach: Phase III must aim to make processes more efficient across all three components of dispute management i.e. dispute avoidance, containment and resolution. Each of these components will require technological integration with different institutions.
  • Adoption frameworks: Phase III must focus on building strong adoption frameworks. Such frameworks must include behavioural nudges, adequate training and skill set development, feedback loops, along with the requisite mandate of law.
  • Governance framework: From a governance perspective, while numerous judicial decisions have validated the use of technology in judicial processes, Phase III must address the accompanying administrative structures. The key goals and strategy of Phase III prioritise the creation of a core digital infrastructure that can enable the development of services for dispute resolution by the judiciary and services of solutions for dispute containment and resolution by the ecosystem.

Draft Vision Document for e-Courts Project Phase III

Citizen Services offered

  1. Search the current status and the history of a Case using CNR number of the Case / Case Registration Number / Party Name / Advocate Name etc.
  2. Search and View court orders using Party name / case number / Court number / Order date.
  3. Search and view Cause list of a court

To access the above services,

  1. Visit website.
  2. Download mobile app Android OS and iOS.
  3. SMS service - - SMS pull service - Case status can be obtained by sending unique CNR number (Case Number Record) to 9766899899 through SMS. SMS format is : Ecourts <space> <CNR number> .

Source : e-Courts website



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