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Digitisation of justice delivery offers immense potential and is the need of the era, but the draft proposal of Phase III of the e-Courts project is trying to do too much and goes off the tram line. Elucidate.

Topic: Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary—Ministries and Departments of the Government; pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity.

2. Digitisation of justice delivery offers immense potential and is the need of the era, but the draft proposal of Phase III of the e-Courts project is trying to do too much and goes off the tram line. Elucidate. (250 words)

Reference:  The Hindu

Why the question:

The article brings to us the promise and perils of digital justice delivery

Key Demand of the question:

One is expected to discuss in what way digitisation of justice delivery offers immense potential and is need of the era the Phase III proposal of a course is trying to do too much and his comes with drawbacks.

Directive:

Elucidate – Give a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Brief background of digitalization of judiciary which has come into picture come it’s the pandemic situation.

Body:

The answer body must have the following aspects covered:

Firstly explain the need for digitisation of justice delivery.

Briefly comment on the E -courts project. Phase I and II: Dealt with the digitisation of judiciary, i.e., e-filing, tracking cases online, uploading judgments online, etc. Even though the job is not complete, particularly at the lower levels of the judiciary, the project can so far be termed a success and helped in justice delivery during pandemic.

Discuss the concerns associated with Phase 3 draft proposal.

Suggest what needs to be done?

Conclusion:

Reforms should fit within the framework of our fundamental rights; the e-Courts must move towards localisation of data instead of centralization and prevent “seamless exchange” of data between branches of state that ought to remain separate.