Access to justice is a major challenge in India, especially for marganilised segment in India. India is a vast country in terms of area and many times court cases involve movement of parties to litigation and witnesses from one state to another. This raises additional challenges as we are still far away from fixed and certain court hearings and cases are usually adjourned from time to time.
Information and communication technology (ICT) can provide solutions to many such problems in a time and cost effective manner. For instance, use of video conferencing in civil and criminal cases can obviate the need to travel from one place to another and save precious time, money and energy. Similarly, crucial evidence can be shared online and in digital form using secure methods.
We at Perry4Law Techno Legal Base (PTLB) have been implementing all these techno legal issues in a comprehensive and holistic manner since 2014. We have also opened many online platforms where national and international stakeholders can share their issues from any part of the world.
We are helping them to fight against cyber crimes, online harassment, civil disputes settlements, etc through our online dispute resolution (ODR) and e-courts projects and portals. We are also helping stakeholders to resolve their disputes without litigation through our Resolve Without Litigation (RWL) platform.
This is the reason why we are happy with the news that Telagana has introduced an Interoperable Criminal Justice System (ICJS) that would enable live exchange of data between courts and police. This is similar to the model of Interoperable Criminal Justice System (ICJS) of PTLB that we have developed after decade of hard work.
Justice Madan B Lokur, Chairman of Interoperable Criminal Justice System (ICJS) and E-Courts Committee of Supreme Court of India, launched the project. During the launch, there was a demo of live exchange of data between police and courts in which details of FIR and chargesheet were transferred electronically in real time and the court issued the receipt with the reference number online. The Case Information System 3.0 (Pdf) is a very good document that can make stakeholders aware about use of e-courts in India.
At subsequent stages, information sharing between courts, police, prisons, forensics institutions, prosecutors, etc would happen in real time. This would speed up the process of criminal justice system says Justice Lokur.