SC initiated step towards paperless court

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Chief justice of India J S Khehar and justice D Y Chandrachud used interactive digital devices to scan records of fresh cases during a hearing as part of the Supreme Court’s efforts to go paperless.

Preface

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched the paperless project to implement the Integrated Case Management System Information System (ICMIS) on May 10. Kehar had then said that the plan will be in place when the court reopens after recess. But the ICMIS has been partially implemented.
  • The project will be implemented “gradually as it will be new method for judges and advocates”. Initially judges of the first five courts will access fresh matters using the digital platform. Two help desks have been set up at the court to provide information about the ICMIS implementation.

Integrated Case Management System Information System (ICMIS)

The Integrated Case Management Information System or ICMIS is described as the next generation hybrid database which is used to better enable litigants to access and retrieve information online.

  • The system will help litigants access data and retrieve information online and will be a step towards a paperless Supreme Court. Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the step and added that paperless offices will save paper and benefit the environment.
  • The Integrated Case Management Information System or ICMIS is described as the next generation hybrid database which is used to better enable litigants to access and retrieve information online.

Functions of ICMIS 

  • Next tentative date of listing generated through e-process
  •  Categories and Acts & Section
  •  Objections in Defective matters
  •  Interlocutory Application/Documents
  •  Office Reports
  •  Listing dates
  •  Judgement/Orders
  •  Appearance information of accused.
  •  Tracking of file movement
  •  Status of the notice issued

Along with this, there will also be an online court fee calculator and an online limitation calculator, apart from an online court fee payment gateway according to barandbech.com.

With the help of new software, High Court will be able to access the case records and it will reduce the repetition of case data entries in the Supreme Court.

All records of a particular case at various stages at the district court or high court will be integrated with the system to offer the complete record in digital form. In the future, linking of information on jail inmates and under-trials may be integrated into the system.

The court statement said that “all High Courts in the country have been provided with login IDs to upload digitised records in the prescribed format. The High Courts are geared up to upload their files digitally with the click of a button.”

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