News By/Courtesy: Ayush Garg | 17 May 2020 21:16pm IST

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  • He said that technology should be simple to use and not exclude citizens anywhere and this system of e-filing will make access to justice simple and inclusive through inexpensive system
  • corona virus pandemic provided a compulsory training to prepare for a new working environment
  • E-filing is very significant since it is the basis of a system of artificial intelligence and the system can also enable to extract information at an incredible speed of one million words per minute

Chief Justice of India, CJI, SA Bobde said on Friday that the coronavirus epidemic has forced the courts to rethink their way of working. The Chief Justice said this during an online demo of the Supreme Court's e-filing module. On this occasion, Justice DY Chandrachud and Chairman of the Supreme Court's Judicial Council Dushyant Dave were also present.
The CJI said, "The epidemic has made one think again about how to do the work and what is required in the judicial process." The real danger came in March and I am happy that the Supreme Court was among the first entities to announce that it would not open in a normal way and would operate in a limited manner. This period has provided the necessary training for the new work environment. Now we are not looking back. We have to change the mindset about the way we look at court proceedings. We are starting this module in which suggestions by the Legal Council and options for them are open. '
He said that the Supreme Court was determined to ensure that the court does not become the hub of the outbreak of coronavirus infection. The Chief Justice said, "This change was not easy and it was a struggle between the old and the new style of working". Justice Bobde said, “E-filing is very significant since it is the basis of a system of artificial intelligence and the system can also enable to extract information at an incredible speed of one million words per minute. “E-filing would be available round the clock… If we had this facility during the hearing on the Ayodhya case, we could have moved at a much faster pace because thousands of pages were being filed. During the lockdown, 820 cases and 552 documents were filed through e-filing.
Justice Bobde further said that technology should be simple to use and not exclude citizens anywhere and this system of e-filing will make access to justice simple and inclusive through inexpensive systems. Speaking on the occasion, Justice D Y Chandrachud said that the pandemic has affected the daily lives of the people and calls for robust and calibrated institutional responses. “Insignificant ways what we do today will define the future. Our responses must deal with the present but the footprints of the pandemic will redefine how we function tomorrow in ways that may not be readily apparent to us today. Yet our assessment must be based on facts and consultation, collaboration, and a creative view of our resources.

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 18 May 2020 9:28am IST


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