Limiting the registry’s position in case prioritisation, Phase 3 of the E-Courts initiative, which is currently in draught form, proposes a 24/7 digital window for litigants and advocates to file cases from anywhere, at any time, with the option of scheduling digital hearings in an open Court, ensuring that both Judges and Litigants adhere to deadlines.
Artificial intelligence has been suggested as a way to “innovate.”
The ambitious E-Courts project, which began in 2005 and is now in its second phase, has completed two phases. It has computerised almost all 19,000 operational district and subordinate courts with broadband connectivity and fitted Judges and courtrooms with modern communication gadgets at a cost of Rs 2,300 crore. The Supreme Court E-Committee is in charge of policy development and strategic planning.
The court register will be turned into a digital case registry, with each case assigned a unique number that will aid in the tracking of the case as it progresses from one stage to the next, eliminating the need for paper re-filing in the event of an appeal to a higher court.