Electronic Supreme Court Reports (E-Scr) Project Makes Way for Free Access to 34,000 Judgements to Lawyers, Law Students, and Common Public – Credit Goes to Cji D Y Chandrachud!
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Free Access to 34,000 Judgements -A Remarkable Feat by Sc to Help the Common Public!
Age of Revolution in Supreme Court Reports!
In another step towards digitization, Chief Justice of India (CJI) D Y Chandrachud on Monday announced the launch of the Supreme Court Reports (e-SCR) Project to provide free access to about 34,000 judgments to lawyers, law students, and the common public.
These verdicts are now available on the Apex court website, its mobile app, and on the judgment portal of the National Judicial Data Grid (NJDG), the CJI said at the outset of judicial proceedings on the first working day of 2023. The CJI who was sharing the bench with Justice P S Narasimha gave the details of the e-SCR Project.
This is a free service available for lawyers across the country. Young juniors do not have to pay. There is an elastic search facility. We are improving upon the search engine by incorporating distinguished judgments.
CJI said as of now, the judgments delivered till January 1, 2023, will be made available.
With effect from today, all judgments will be placed online within 24 hours. The access will be placed on the mobile app and also on the National Judicial Data Grid. There are about 34,000 judgments, the CJI said.
We are also introducing neutral citations. Delhi and Kerala High Courts already have it. He said a committee comprising of 3 judges – Justice Rajiv Shakdher of the Delhi High Court, Justice Raja Vijayaraghavan of the Kerala High Court, and Justice Suraj Govindraj of the Karnataka High Court – has been constituted to work on the process of neutral citations.
Lawyers, while arguing in Courts, refer to the reported judgments supporting their matters by using law journals including supreme court reports.
The Electronic Supreme Court Reports (e-SCR) project is an initiative to provide the digital version of the Apex Court’s Judgements in the manner as they are reported in the official law report – Supreme Court Reports.
A team comprising officials of the Judges Library and Editorial Section worked tirelessly and within a short span of 15 days, 34013 judgments were split to create a database suitable for meeting the requirements of the search engine developed by the Supreme court with the NIC Pune.
Digitalization and scanning of supreme court reports (SCR) from the year 1950 to 2017 and preserving the same in digitized soft copy in the format of PDF, assisted the Registry in creating a digital repository in the Supreme Court’s reported judgments in soft form.
This is a project in which essence, endeavors to take a step forward towards fulfilling the objectives of digitization of the Indian Judiciary and underlines the vision to bring in a positive change for the benefit of all the stakeholders of justice, primarily litigants and members of the Bar as also the High courts, National Law University, Judicial Academies, etc.
The Supreme Court has developed a search engine with the help of the National Informatics Centre comprising elastic search technique in the database of e-SCR and the search facility in e-SCR provides for free text search, search within a search, case type and case year search, judge search, year and volume search and bench strength search options,
National informatics center:
The Supreme Court has developed a search engine with the help of the National Informatics Centre and before concluding, let us briefly understand what this National Informatics Centre and National Judicial Data Grid is all about ………………!
National Judicial Data Grid (NJDG), a ﬂagship project implemented under the aegis of the e-Committee Supreme Court of India, is a system for monitoring the pendency and disposal of cases in High Courts and Subordinate Courts.
NJDG provides a comprehensive database of orders, judgments, and case details of District and Subordinate Courts and High Courts. The statistics of pendency at the National, State, District, and at Individual Court level is available to anyone visiting the National Judicial Data Grid portal.
It also serves as a decision support system to the management authorities like Supreme Courts and respective High Courts, to monitor the pendency on varied attributes for effective decision-making.
- NJDG provides the consolidated figures of the pendency of cases in the Judiciary
- Statistical data is automatically updated daily
- Pending Civil and Criminal Cases are segregated into varied categories
- Information pertaining to the Institution and Disposal of cases is shown
- Statistical figures are provided in a drill-down manner
- Serves as National Judicial Data Warehouse
- Developed using elastic search technology
- Works as a monitoring tool to identify, manage & reduce the pendency of cases
- Helps to provide timely inputs for making policy decisions to reduce delays in the disposal of cases
- Facilitates better monitoring of court performance and thus, serves as an efficient resource management tool
- Promotes transparency and access to information for all the stakeholders
NJDG has brought huge transparency and accountability in the system by displaying complete pendency and disposal of cases across the country in the public domain.
NJDG has been instrumental in judicial planning, monitoring, and remote administration by High Court judges, District Judges, and High Court Registry. Timely inputs from NJDG are assisting the authorities in framing policies and making decisions towards judicial governance.
NJDG is acknowledged as an innovation under the Ease of Doing Business initiative of the Government of India
Conclusion – Vision to Transform India into A Digitally Empowered Society!
Digital India was founded to promote inclusive growth in e-services, commodities, manufacturing, and job creation.
Digital India is a flagship program of the Government of India with a vision to transform India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy. The program was launched on July 1, 2015.
This will pave the way to support and pull forward the youth towards digital literacy by adopting such innovation strategies of developing a high level of platform catering to the common public.
The digital platform will become an ambitious tool for forming a bridge to connect people from different parts of the region by way of accessing all the prestigious judgments and other digital services introduced by the Government.
It will become the future platform for bringing people to put their heads together with the addition of such a remarkable innovation under one bowl and bringing forth interesting ideas and contributing to the development of the country.
The supreme court has come forth, taking one more step in digitalizing India by introducing an electronic report system.
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