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Digitisation of the judiciary must be done in a graded, streamlined and in an integrated manner so as to not hamper the delivery of justice. Comment in regard to the e-Courts project of the Supreme Court of India.

Topic: Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary.

4. Digitisation of the judiciary must be done in a graded, streamlined and in an integrated manner so as to not hamper the delivery of justice. Comment in regard to the e-Courts project of the Supreme Court of India. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: The Hindu

Why the question:

The e-Committee of the Supreme Court of India recently released its draft vision document for Phase III of the e-Courts project.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the approach that needs to be taken for digitisation of courts.

Directive word: 

Comment– here we must express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by writing about e-Courts project of the SC, its aims and objectives.

Body:

Mention the advantages that the digitisation od judiciary brings. Especially with respect disruptions caused by the pandemic.

Next, bring out the concerns associated with e-Courts. Need for performance audits and sandboxing measures to carefully understand and gauge the potential and risks.

Write about additional measures that are required to realise the full potential e-courts

Conclusion:

Conclude with a way forward.