The automated mailing service was recently launched as part of the eCourts project being implemented by the Supreme Court. The government has allocated Rs 1,670 crore for the implementation of the phase two of the project which includes complete automation of workflow management in all courts. This comprises of electronic movements of records from trial courts to appeal courts, installation of video conferencing facility and recording of witness through video conferencing and connecting all courts in the country to the National Judicial Data Grid, according to the Union Law ministry.
The plan also is to provide citizen-centric facilities such as “electronic filing, e-payment and use of mobile applications, touch screen based kiosks in each court complex and full computerisation of State and district level judicial and service academies and centres”.
The mobile app launched for the services has already had three lakh downloads, Alok Srivastava, Secretary, Justice department in the Union Law ministry, said at a meeting of the eCourts committee held last week. The eCourts committee of the Supreme Court is headed by Justice Madan B Lokur.
Srivastava said the specific targets set under the project include “computerization of all the 20,400 courts across the country; WAN and cloud connectivity in 3,500 court complexes; full Installation and use of video conferencing facility at 3,000 court complexes and 1,150 prisons; charting out key identified citizen services like electronic filing, daily orders, delivery of decrees, online case status in all the district courts, etc”.