New Delhi: More and more advocates are registering for e-filing of cases during the lockdown making the government recognize the need to strengthen the e-Courts system in the country. Acknowledging this requirement, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, revealed that during the lockdown there had been a significant growth in number of Advocates who got themselves registered for e-filing of cases. He was interacting Prasad with the team of law officers headed by the Attorney General of India through video conferencing here on Sunday. This was first of its kind of virtual meeting organized during the lockdown imposed to curb spread of Corona virus outbreak.
In all 1282 Advocates have registered for e-filing of petitions during lockdown out of which 543 Advocates have registered in last one week alone. While Secretary, Department of Justice highlighted the issues about e-Courts and other developments which are being pursued to make it more effective, Attorney General K. K. Venugopal and other law officers emphasized that there was a need to strengthen the e-Courts system by addressing the connectivity issues and by training of lawyers in e-Courts management.
Prasad today directed the Secretary, Justice, who is also a member of the e-Court Committee of the Supreme Court, to coordinate to bring these challenges before the Committee and in coordination with National Informatics Centre and other agencies and improve the system. It was felt that in view of the seriousness of the pandemic Court proceedings through video conferencing may remain a norm for some time to come. The Law Minister in particular emphasized to take this challenge as an opportunity to make digital systems in justice delivery more robust.
Prasad told the officials that addressing such a serious pandemic “throws up complicated and sensitive nature of challenges, which the governance system has responded and it will be appropriate that this decision-making process of the Government of India and the state governments needs to be trusted”. He in particular stressed that during these challenging times overzealous PILs were needed to be avoided. “Though one cannot stop anyone from filing cases but there must be an effective response to these types of interventions,” he said.[the_ad_placement id=”sidebar-feed”]