Website for citizens to track case status launched by Supreme Court judge
The status of court cases across the country can now be known by the public with just a click of a button on a website launched on Saturday. In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic crisis, courts have been serving litigants through video conferencing. The cases are heard on video conferencing from the Supreme Court to the High Court. In order to strengthen the e-court system as well as provide citizens with a convenient mode of access to courts, Supreme Court judge Justice DY Chandrachud launched the eCommitteesci.gov.in website.
Citizens can access all High Courts across the country using the website, while litigants can keep track of the status of their cases on their mobile phones. The contents of the website can also be shared on social media. The Supreme Court's e-Committee Patron-in-Chief is the Chief Justice of India SA Bobde, while Justice Chandrachud is serving as its Chairperson.
With the introduction of the digital platforms by the e-Committee, it has now allowed stakeholders such as the litigants, lawyers, governmental and law enforcement agencies and citizens to access judicial data and information with convenience and in real-time.
Speaking at the launch of the website, Justice Chandrachud said, "We hear criticism for a change, talk of positives of the judicial system… This is the kind of work done for the benefits of citizens. We are moving to a marketplace of ideas and to inform the nation about initiatives. Judges must share experiences and initiatives and this website can be one central point." He added, "High Courts are doing remarkable work and people do not know about this. High Courts can inform the public about their work through this website,".
Justice Chandrachud went on to also provide statistics saying the district judiciary has seen 28 lakh cases registered and 12 lakh cases disposed via virtual hearings, all between March 24 and August 28. Visually-challenged persons can also navigate through the website as it was designed by two visually-challenged experts, Rahul Bajaj and professor Elumalai. A MPhil from Oxford and a Rhodes scholarship recipient, Rahul Bajaj hails from Nagpur, while professor Elumalai is from the School of Excellence in Law in Chennai. Justice Chandrachud expressed his gratitude to both of them for their contribution to the Indian judiciary and also for providing inputs to improve the quality and strengthen the website.
Although the mode of language on the website is English for now, people will be able to access it soon in their local language as work on making it multilingual is ongoing. The website was developed by the National Informatics Centre, with its Director General Neeta Verma stating that it is secure and its contents can be shared on social media.