President Ram Nath Kovind presented the Platinum award for Excellence in Digital Governance to the e-committee of the Supreme Court of India.
The e-committee of the Top Court was conferred the award during the online Digital India Award presentation ceremony on December 30.
The Committee, of which Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, Judge of the Supreme Court, is the Chairperson, with former Judge of Bombay High Court, Justice R.C. Chavan as Vice-Chairperson, has spearheaded the fundamental right to access to justice during the Covid-19 pandemic.
E-Courts project visioned and implemented by the e-Committee of Supreme Court of India along with the Department of Justice and National Informatics Centre (NIC) is a Mission Mode Project of the Government of India.
As of December 14, 2020, it has record 232,42,83,034 crore e-transactions with the average e-transaction for 343 days being 67.06 lakh per day, thereby topping the MMP category. The objective of the e-Court was to provide efficient and time-bound citizen-centric service delivery, to automate the judicial process to provide transparency in accessibility of information to its stakeholders, to enhance judicial productivity, and to make justice delivery system affordable, accessible, cost-effective, predictable, reliable and transparent.
Citizens can access the case status, cause list court orders anywhere, any time through e-courts services website, mobile app, SMS email services from 3,293 court complexes. Moreover, Citizens/litigants/Lawyers can get the details of the 13.79 crore cases, 13.12 crore orders and judgments available online 24X7 free of cost.
The Case Information System (CIS) application which caters to judicial automation has been implemented at 3,293 district court complexes and 25 High Courts.
E-Filing provides a platform to advocates and litigants to file their cases online before High Courts and District Courts. This has also been integrated with the CIS application at the district court and High Court level. Video Conferencing for Virtual Hearings have also taken place, with 15,90,918 cases being heard by the High Courts, and 39,56,840 cases being heard by the District Court. e-Sewa Kendras have been established in 19 High Courts and 219 District Court Complexes.
The award-winning committee consists of Patron-in-Chief Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde, Chief Justice of India; Chairperson Dr Justice Dhananjaya Y. Chandrachud, Judge, Supreme Court of India; Vice-Chairperson Justice R.C. Chavan, Former Judge, Bombay High Court and four other members.