India's 1st e-court ready in A'bad

AHMEDABAD: Imagine a courtroom where the usher calls out “Inspector Barot hazir ho” and the police officer appears virtually and gives his testimony before the court through a television screen. This is happening right here. The city civil court on Bhadra fort premises here is being readied to become the first e-court of the country. Live telecast of courtroom proceedings, digitised legal records, archives with audio and visual clippings of court hearings and judges dictating the orders are just a few of the resourceboosters that the e-court project of the Central government promises.

The e-court project was launched recently by Chief Justice of Gujarat YR Meena when 840 laptops were distributed to judicial officials. They will be authorised access to these proceedings and can participate in them online.Officials of the registrar of Gujarat High Court said: “In another two months the e-courtroom will be ready. Then the e-committee of the Central government will review the project and take a call on how to implement the e-court project in other parts of the country.” “Various technological upgradations inside courtrooms will take place in phases with highlights like lower court orders being available online,” said JC Upadhyay, registrar general of Gujarat High Court.

Once the system is in place, any authorised judicial officer can replay recordings of old court proceedings by the tap of a key. The system and data will be protected with software against viruses, spam, spyware and other threats. In case the system crashes, a data recovery and back-up system will ensure records are not lost. The e-court project, said sources, will provide accurate and non-tamperable electronic recordings of court proceedings.

The system uses encryption to protect data and recordings from alteration and also to certify its authenticity. The integrated digital court recording system will have three cameras inside the courtrooms; three fixed microphones for the judge, accused and the witness boxes while the lawyers will be equipped with wireless microphones. In this hi-tech courtroom nothing will escape the judge’s eye as he will have an LCD monitor with a picture-in-picture facility. A wireless touch panel will allow the judge to record courtroom proceedings and also launch video conferencing with jail inmates, police and forensic experts. Three plasma monitors will be placed in the courtroom for video conferencing.

source by economictimes.indiatimes.com