Digital filing of cases and court proceedings in the Supreme Court of India will soon be a reality according to Justice DY Chandrachud – the Chairperson of the Supreme Court e-committee. The announcement was made during a meeting held on Sunday to address the functioning of the court in the light of coronavirus threat.
The meeting was chaired by Chief Justice of India Sharad Bobde and Justices Arun Mishra, UU Lalit, DY Chandrachud and L Nageswara Rao.
Justice Chandrachud assured during the meeting that ‘people-to-people’ contact will be reduced in the Supreme Court by introducing court proceedings through video conferencing. Importantly, filing of cases will also go paperless by way e-filing. Justice Chandrachud further added that once video conferencing is introduced, smart televisions will be installed in the press lounge for the convenience of journalists.
Chief Justice Bobde made it clear during the meeting on March 15 that despite the coronavirus threat, there cannot be a complete shutdown of courts; Courts will have to function though in a limited manner. The medical experts who attended the meeting issued a slew of directives to combat the spread of coronavirus.