NEW DELHI: Now, while filing a case in the apex court, one can instantly get automated dates.
The Supreme Court’s recently-introduced Integrated Case Management System will bring in objectivity and transparency in the case filing system. It was the need of the hour as the number of cases being filed in the SC has been constantly on the rise and listing of cases is becoming acutely challenging.
With this new system, no miscellaneous cases shall remain undated and manual intervention will be ruled out.
“An attempt has been made to ensure even distribution of cases on a given day before each court,” an official of the registry said. Under the new software, if a case requires urgent hearing, the same can be listed under the relevant category too. It has been proposed that not more than 60 fresh matters be listed on each miscellaneous day.
In February, Chief Justice of India JS Khehar held a surprise inspection of the registry and reprimanded a few officials for not adhering to work guidelines. He had caught some officials red-handed for giving undue favours to a few lawyers out of turn and listing their case ahead of others.
In the past too, a few officials were caught for demanding bribe from litigants and threatening them that if their demands were not met, they would delay the hearing. The guilty registry officials were sentenced to two-three years of imprisonment along with a fine.
■ No cases shall remain undated
■ All manual intervention ruled out
■ Even distribution of cases on each day
■ Software enables to address relative urgency of cases
■ Not more than 60 matters will be listed on miscellaneous days