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Indian President launched e-Court project

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The President of India, Dr. A.P. J. Abdul Kalam, launched National e-Courts Project for extensive computerisation of courts in New Delhi on July 9, 2007.

The project of computerisation of courts has been devised following the Report submitted by the E-Committee on National Policy and Technology in the Indian Judiciary. The project is to be implemented in three phases spread over a period of five years at a cost of Rs. 854 crore. In the first phase, computer rooms and judicial service centres would be set up in all 2500 court complexes. About 15 thousand judicial officers would be provided with laptops. Digital inter-connectivity would be established between all courts from the Taluka level to the Apex Court. The project also aims at creation of e-filling facility in the Supreme Court and High Courts. The first phase also envisages development of comprehensive and integrated customised software application for the entire judicial system with regional language support. In the second phase, it would be possible to provide ICT coverage of judicial processes from filing to execution level and also of all administrative activities. While in third and last phase, It would lead to the creation of Information Gateways between courts and public agencies and departments. The project is expected to lead to complete demystification of the adjudicatory process thereby ensuring transparency, accountability and cost-effectiveness.

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