India Approves Rs.9.3 Billion E-Courts Project

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Sept. 20 – India has approved a Rs.9.3 billion project that will help modernize and streamline its judiciary.

The E-Courts Project will let people easily verify information on case status and verdict as well allow video conferencing facilities at courts and prisons. The project is part of government efforts to establish an National e-Governance Plan campaign.

The project is expected to make long overdue changes to 14,249 courts in 3,069 court complexes and help ease backlogged cases. Authorities began allowing e-filing of complaints for consumer courts last month.

So far, only the Delhi high court has used the e-courts system with two already open since 2009. The court successfully replaced paper files with LCD screens and an electronic handbook.