NEW DELHI: In a bid to save the environment, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday launched the Supreme Court's integrated case management system, which makes it a paperless court.
Launching the new system in the presence of Chief Justice of India J S Khehar and Law and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, PM Modi said, “This step will help our generations to come as this way we will save our environment and thus using the technology which is our future.”
The system will help litigants to access data and retrieve information online and will be a step towards a paperless Supreme Court.
Stressing the need of changing one’s mindset, PM said, “Technology can be adopted but on the same our mindset needs to be changed as well.”
He cited the example as to how despite using smart phones most of us if send sms to the other person, will call to check whether the same has been received by him or not.
“IT (Information Technology) +IT (Indian Talent) = IT (India Tomorrow), is the new definition of India,” PM said.
PM also appreciated the CJI and lawyers who agreed to sacrifice their vacations and decided to work for fighting pendency of cases.
Speaking on the occasion, CJI said soon the integrated system will be integrated with all the 24 high courts and the subordinate courts.
“The step will bring more transparency, reduce manipulation and help the litigant know about the progress of the case on a real time basis,” CJI said.
“Every litigant and party involved in the case would get timely updates via email, sms and updation on the website about one’s case,” CJI added.
“This system will give lawyers an option to e-file, they need not come to the registry, they can file the case from their offices. E-filing is the best that has happened till now.”
CJI further said, “Litigant has just to file few pages of grounds of appeal and the case file of High Court will be digitally transferred to apex court.”
The system will be implemented from July, once the court re-opens after vacations.
Under the new system, the court fee and process fee will be calculated online, which will help the litigant about the cost involved.
Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also hailed the judiciary for taking this historic step.