After an announcement by Chief Justice of India JS Khehar, the Supreme Court will go only partially paperless from Monday after the summer vacation. It is to be noted that the concept of paperless court involves “technical and functional issues”, “it is proposed to implement the project gradually, as it would be a new method of working for the advocates and judges,” said the Apex Court on Sunday.
“At the first instance, only fresh matters listed in the first five courts will be accessed by the judges digitally on an interactive display device,” the note clarified. To provide information about the new system, two helpdesks have been set up.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on May 10 inaugurated the SC’s Integrated Case Management Information System, widely expected to herald a digital revolution in the judiciary. CJI Khehar had announced that the Supreme Court Registry dwould start functioning as a digital court when it reopened on July 3.
“The high courts have been provided with login IDs to upload digitised records in the prescribed format (separate, document-wise PDF)” the top court said.
“The process will be periodically uploaded with the eventual aim of making courts paperless.” Notably, the digital court system is to replace the practice of filing of bulky petitions. Under the new system, the Apex Court to electronically collect records of trial courts and high courts. Those wanting to file petitions in the top court will only have to briefly put in writing the grounds on which they challenge an order.