India's first e-court opens in Hyderabad

Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are the first two states to be chosen for the Integrated Criminal Justice System (ICJS) project


The High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad, which is the common high court for Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, has become the first court in the country to set up an e-court.

While inaugurating the e-court, Supreme Court judge Justice Madan B. Lokur said Telangana and Andhra Pradesh were the first two states to be chosen for the Integrated Criminal Justice System (ICJS) project.

Stressing that the two states has made a lot of progress in technology, the judge added that it was one of the reasons for the decision to launch the ICJS, a "system which is going to integrate police stations with the courts, with jails, with the prosecution and with forensic science laboratories".

Justice Lokur, who heads the e-Committee of the Supreme Court, said modalities of the system would be worked out at a meeting scheduled on July 28.

"It is not only the e-court in the sense that it is fully computerised, but it is also a paperless court. We spent a few minutes understanding the system and I tried my hand at using the technology. It's extremely user friendly. I will encourage all judges to try it," Lokur said.

"This coming week, I am going to try and introduce this in Supreme Court as well. If it happens in the Supreme Court, you (Telangana and Andhra Pradesh high court) can take all credit for it," he added.

He further stated that technology today is much better. He also exuded confidence that all judges will be able to use it easily. He hoped that there will be more e-courts in near future.

Justice Lokur said a huge amount of progress has been made in this high court over couple of years due to the keen interest taken by the chief justice.

"Things dramatically changed over last 3 or 4 years. The team effort led to this change. The e-committee is trying to supplement this team effort," he added.

He said the purpose of e-courts was to ensure speedy justice for the litigants. He stressed the need to appoint staff for paperless courts and advised judges to focus on online data entry.

High Court in charge Chief Justice Dilip B. Bhosale, judges of the high court and senior officials were present at the event.