First e-Court of India launched

The first model e-court in the country has been launched by the Gujarat High Court here recently. It has started functioning on a pilot basis at the Ahmedabad City Civil and Sessions Court, providing tamperproof authentic audio-video recording of proceedings with multi-point video conferencing facilities linking the courtroom, central jail, the police commissioner's office and the Forensic Science Laboratory.

The under-trials lodged in the central jail could be virtually presented before the court through video conferencing. This project is an initiative of the Central government and was set up with technical support from the Technology, Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC), the Centre for Advanced Computing and National Informatics Centre. There are plans to open similar e-courts in Mumbai and in other parts of the country at the earliest.

For the judiciary, the advantage would be that the entire proceedings would be video-recorded and available for review in case of any doubt. The initial cost of the project was INR 82.50 lakh and the annual recurring expenditure was estimated at INR 5.30 lakh while replicating the e-courts would put an additional cost of about INR 24 lakh. Three other major cities in the State