Essential to make process of litigation citizen centric, technology must be augmented: CJI Chandrachud : The Tribune India


New Delhi, November 26

Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud said on Saturday that technology should be enhanced with business reforms to solve problems of access to justice, and it is important to streamline the process of appeals and spending. to him it is “citizen centric”.

He also said that the judiciary has used technology to improve the work of the courts and that it is “very important” that the courts be reformed to reach the citizens before going. Courts in their pursuit of justice.

Speaking on the Constitution Day in the Supreme Court, the Chief Justice of India (CJI) said that the judges in the country must consider the constitutional vision of securing justice, equity and equality. independent.

He said it was important to increase the representation of marginalized communities and women in the legal profession and the judiciary.

Justice Chandrachud also spoke about the e-initiatives—virtual justice clock, justIS mobile app 2.0, digital court and s3WaaS websites of district courts—announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the function.

In a large and diverse nation like India, the “critical challenge” facing the judiciary as an institution is to ensure that the justice system is accessible to all, he said.

“We have used technology to improve the functioning of the courts. It is very important and the courts must be reformed to reach more people than those who go to the courts in their seeking justice,” CJI said.

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“In order to ensure that the courts are accessible to the people, it is important that the process of filing complaints be streamlined and become citizen centric,” he said.

Justice Chandrachud said that while the judiciary’s involvement with technology has become widespread during the COVID-19 pandemic, “we should not dismantle the system but build on it.”

“I will strongly request the chief justices of the high courts to ensure that the technology industry, where public funds are spent, is not removed but strengthened,” he said.

Justice Chandrachud said that as the CJI, he is trying to use technical services in the list of cases and judicial investigations “so that the shortcomings of the institution can be removed as soon as possible.” of the list and hearing from our vocabulary”.

“Although technology has helped us effectively in ensuring the work of the judiciary during the epidemic, the technology should be enhanced with business reforms to solve the major problem of access to justice ,” he said.

The CJI said that the first link of the people with the judicial system is the judiciary and it is very important that it should be strengthened and supported. “The judiciary should be elevated from thinking that it is a lower court,” he said.

Giving details of the e-initiatives launched by the chief minister, Justice Chandrachud said that these initiatives reflect the judiciary’s commitment to delivering justice.

“Our effort is to increase access to justice. This should not be understood in small terms of increasing the knowledge of those who have access but by connecting those groups and communities, who are denied basic rights,” he said.

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The CJI said that the Supreme Court is working on a hybrid system where lawyers and parties can come in person from different parts of the country.

“Though the Supreme Court is on Tilak Marg, the Supreme Court is a Supreme Court for the entire nation,” he said.

He said that colonial and pre-colonial courts followed a pattern of reluctance, disinclination and inaction in protecting the rights of citizens.

“All the judges in the courts in India, from the district courts to the Supreme Court must consider the constitutional vision of securing justice, equality and freedom,” he said.

“We must think about our actions and our decisions and question our thoughts and feelings. Because until we open our minds to the many opinions of the people with different experiences, we are failing in our role as judges,” said CJI.

He said that an institution will grow with time only in the democratic process and he believes that as CJI, he has the right to unite and consult the judges in the Supreme Court, the judges of the high court, members of the judiciary and office bearers.

“It is important for us to publish the information of the different sections of the people who are part of the court,” he said, adding, “That is why the report is more important marginalized communities and women in the legal profession. and the judiciary has expanded.”

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On e-initiatives, the CJI said that the virtual justice clock is a platform where information through the National Judicial Data Grid is available to the public.

The justIS mobile app 2.0 was developed for the judges of the district courts and allowed the judicial officers to check the pendency and release of his court on hand 24X7, he said.

Justice Chandrachud said that digital court is a green initiative of Indian judiciary to make courts paperless or digital.

He said that through the digital court and s3WaaS initiatives, the websites of the district courts are being upgraded to a stable, scalable and accessible platform.

“I can assure everyone that the measures taken today are part of the technological progress and the establishment of India’s judiciary to ensure that the most vulnerable communities in the country do not have access to the it’s time to fix it,” he said.

The CJI appealed to the youth to reflect on the realities of India and work towards achieving fraternity by dedicating themselves to the cause of justice in all ways.

“Sometimes change can be made through small acts of kindness. The heart and soul of the law, as served in our courts, is our compassion for our familiar,” he said.


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