Lawyers in Madhya Pradesh will now be able to directly register fresh cases online on a multipurpose e-filing system on the high court’s website.
The high court on Tuesday activated user accounts of lawyers with an aim to reduce its staff.
In the first phase of the e-filing system, lawyers are required to register their fresh cases personally on a pro forma (document) available on the website.
Through their user accounts, lawyers will get regular updates on their pending cases for which the IT cell of the HC will soon create a case profile.
A lawyer’s license registration number, e-mail address and mobile phone number mentioned on the vakalatnama (official document which lawyers submit in the court when they represent someone) filed with cases will be treated as authentic and accordingly the password of unique user account generated by the IT cell will be sent on the mobile number.
User accounts of 20 lawyers were created on Tuesday and work is on to create more such user accounts.
On filing a fresh case online, a lawyer will get an online registration slip and the same will have to be submitted with the original petition in the court’s filing section for hearing.
“The new e-filing system will reduce the time of processing fresh cases,” MP high court registrar (IT) Kuldeep Singh Kushwaha told Hindustan Times. “In the second phase, lawyers will be permitted to file the entire petition and annexures online for which the process is going on.”
At present, 250-300 new cases are registered daily in the MP high court including the principal seat at Jabalpur, circuit benches at Indore and Gwalior.
For pending cases, the IT cell is in the process to scan documents of replies, rejoinders and applications filed by the parties. The same will be uploaded on the case profile so that the lawyer can prepare the case in advance before receiving the original copy.