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Telangana High Court to go paperless from November 1

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Following in the footsteps of the Supreme Court, which went paperless in July this year, the Telangana High Court will go paperless on November 1.

An official notice issued in this connection recently said that aII parties in person and advocates were directed to email a soft copy of the case or petitions being filed before the first court to the designated email address tshc.ch1@gmail.com.

The notification further said that after mailing the soft copy, the advocates and parties were directed to submit a hard copy of the same before the New Filing Section, with an endorsement of having filed the soft copy.

Earlier on July 3, 2023, as the Supreme Court reopened after the summer vacations, the premises wore a new look, boasting of courtrooms equipped with digital screens, Wi-Fi connectivity, upgraded video conferencing facilities and enhanced inter-court connectivity.

The futuristic upgrades, implemented as part of green initiatives under the dynamic vision of Chief Justice of India D.Y. Chandrachud, enhanced the optimum use of technology in the justice delivery system, while also reducing the reliance of paper.

Expressing his happiness over the new set up, the CJI said that with the removal of books and paper documents in courtrooms, more space would now be available to lawyers.

He said the lawyers would have more space now with all books and similar stuff gone from the sides. Courtrooms numbered 1 to 5 have been made Wi-Fi enabled, adding that the bar rooms and court passages would soon be enabled with the same, he added. 

Earlier, books and documents dating back to the 1950s were kept on both sides in courtrooms, leaving little space for lawyers to stand inside.

As per the CJI, all these books and papers, which have been shifted out of the courtrooms, would still be relied upon. He suggested all courtrooms of the country to resemble the Apex Court.

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