Emphasizing efforts to make courts paperless, Supreme Court judge Justice DY Chandrachud on Saturday said digitization of courts will “help save our justice delivery system from distress and also ensure that it is open”.
Speaking at the inauguration of the ‘Paperless District Courts in Odisha’ project, Justice Chandrachud said, “Familiarizing oneself with the technology is not as difficult as it may seem initially” and pointed out that later COVID-19 Epidemic, his chamber “works almost entirely without paper and I’m a self-confessed technology geek now”.
Stating that he encourages the legal fraternity to participate in training programs that are being conducted across the country to instruct lawyers on the use of technology, the SC judge observed that “one such training The program is being organized for the lawyers to appear before the ‘Green Bench'”, which he is presiding over.
He said that “today, a ‘Green Bench’ does not mean a Bench hearing environmental matters, but a Bench intended to conduct proceedings with zero physical filing, as is expected in paperless courts.”
Last week, Justice Chandrachud, presiding over a five-judge Constitution Bench, which had taken up the dispute between the Center and Delhi On control of administrative services in the national capital, the government had said that it has decided to do away with physical documents.
Explaining the advantages of paperless courts, he said that they are more cost effective for the litigants, who will no longer have to bear the cost of printing the case files. “Technology is not just for the elite, it is for all for whom justice has to be provided. Paperless courts will also save valuable time of lawyers… Also, valuable space in courts and offices will no longer be taken up with the storage of physical files. Case information will now be at the fingertips of lawyers and judges, who can access any part of the case file with just the click of a mouse button. The paperless courts initiative is also a step towards ensuring that our legal system is more accessible to judges and lawyers with disabilities,” he said.
Justice Chandrachud observed that “it is imperative to recognize the existence of the digital divide and take steps to bridge this gap. We must ensure and ensure that the digitization of the court process does not harm the common citizens in any way.