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Advocates to access their case flow via smartphones

Advocates and litigants having mobile phones with Android Operating System-based internet connection can now easily access Supreme Court Display Board and know the flow of their case on any particular day.

delhi Updated: Aug 08, 2013 02:18 IST
HT Correspondent

Advocates and litigants having mobile phones with Android Operating System-based internet connection can now easily access Supreme Court Display Board and know the flow of their case on any particular day.

Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam on Wednesday launched the facility at a function at the apex court in the presence of Law Minister Kapil Sibal, judges and bar leaders.

The CJI also inaugurated some other e-facilities, isncluding SMS on filing and registration of cases. This facility enables an Advocate on Record (who does actual filing of cases in the SC) and parties in person to receive instant update through SMS on their mobile on successful filing or registration of their case.

Details about filing and pendency of courts across the country will also be easily accessible with the inauguration of the National Judicial Data Grid (NJDG) by the CJI.

With the launch of the first phase of NJDG, case data of all the courts, including those at district level, will be available on a single website - ecourts.gov.in. The portal will have data from around 10,000 courts.

"Any visitor to this website can access the status of the case, the cause list of the district courts and in some cases, daily order or judgement of the case, searchable on the basis of case number, party name, advocate name etc.," Justice Madan B Lokur, in-charge of the e-committee which was entrusted with the task of developing the portal, said.

CJI Sathasivam appreciated the effort and said this will go a long way in administration of justice as the Chief Justices of different high courts will have the actual idea of case status of different courts in the state.

Justice Lokur said the data of all the courts will also serve as a "backbone database" for the NJDG which is intended to become a case information storehouse for justice delivery system.

Law Minister Kapil Sibal said it will help in court management and will bring in more transparency.