Saturday, April 23, 2016

Establishment Of E-Courts In India And Their Implementation In 2016

Technology has many good uses and judicial systems across the world can also benefit from the same. If the court proceedings are made digital and online, much of the troubles of litigants, lawyers and judges can be minimised. Establishment of e-courts is a significant achievement in this regard but it requires good amount of techno legal expertise that only few individuals possess.

Indian judicial and legal systems are very slow to adopt information and communication technology (ICT). Although some steps have been taken to computerise the Indian courts yet by and large they are insufficient and not relevant. This is evident from the fact that till April 2016 we are still waiting for the establishment of first e-court of India.

Electronic delivery of justice in India is urgently needed. E-courts and ODR in India are essential part of electronic delivery of justice in India. Despite the pressing need for establishment of e-courts in India we are still waiting for the establishment of first e-court of India.

The e-courts project of India has failed to materialise in India and establishment of e-courts in India is still a distant dream. We need to expedite the constitution and opening of e-courts in India as soon as possible.

There are many reasons for failure of e-courts in India but the chief among them is lack of expertise and judicial will to implement the e-court project. There is no dearth of funds for this project but its implementation is very poor. The e-court committee has so far failed to implement the e-court project effectively.

We at Perry4Law and PTLB have now taken very significant steps in this crucial direction. We have launched dedicated portals pertaining to electronic courts, e-judiciary, ODR India, online arbitration, etc. Further, Perry4Law and PTLB are also managing the exclusive techno legal e-courts training and consultancy centre of India.

To strengthen the initiatives and projects of Perry4Law and PTLB and to take these projects and initiatives to the next level of development, Perry4Law and PTLB are in the process of launching four crucial projects. These are:

(1) Electronic Courts: This initiative would provide e-courts services to national and international organisations, governments, companies, individuals, etc. At this platform you would be able to resolve your disputes through use of techno legal methods and procedures.

(2) E-Courts For Justice (EC4J): The E-Courts For Justice (EC4J) initiative would provide research, policy formulations, training, consultancy, project execution support, etc to various national and international stakeholders. It would cover areas like e-courts, e-judiciary, legal enablement of ICT in courts and judiciary, etc.

(3) ODR India: This is an India specific platform that would resolve various inter party disputes in an online environment. Techno legal methods and procedures would be used to resolve various disputes through Arbitration, Conciliation, Mediation and other similar methods.

(4) Resolve Without Litigation (RWL): The Resolve Without Litigation (RWL) initiative would provide ADR and ODR services to world at large. Individuals, organisations, companies, etc may resolve their disputes through this platform by using our techno legal dispute resolution services without approaching courts for lengthy dispute resolutions.

Indian judiciary in general and e-court committee in particular has to play a more pro active role for the establishment of e-courts in India. In the absence of institutional expertise, e-court committee must also include other members that have actual expertise to manage the project.