India Law News: A revised amount of Rs 935 Crore was approved by the cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs today for the final implementation of E-Courts throughout the country. This is a revised cost, the cost approved for this project in 2007 was Rs. 441.8 crore. The E-Courts project will now cover 14249 courts in 3069 court complexes.
The revised cost estimate for the project now covers 14249 courts in 3069 court complexes as against the coverage of 13348 courts in 2100 court complexes approved earlier.
Comprehensive computerization and ICT will be enabled in 12000 courts in 2100 court complexes and the project is expected to be completed by 31st March 2012 whereas the remaining 2249 courts in 969 court complexes will be fully computerized by 31st March, 2014. An Empowered Committee will be instated in the Department of Justice that will be responsible for providing strategic guidance and direction to the project.
The final implementation of the E-Courts project is expected to bring in transparency in terms of information of case statuses, verdicts of various cases, to stakeholders and litigants.
The implementation of the project will result in transparent flow of information on case status, verdict of cases, etc. to the litigants and other stakeholders. Case flow and court management is also like to improve after the project gets implemented. The project will also provide video conferencing facilities in courts and prisons.