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Impact of digital transformation visible! CJI said- More than 7 lakh cases were heard in SC through video conference.

New Delhi: CJI of India D.Y. Chandrachud on Wednesday said the Supreme Court heard more than 7,50,000 cases through video conferencing and more than 1,50,000 cases were filed online. He said that all this was possible because technology has created new dimensions between law and enforcement agencies, including the judiciary. Addressing the J20 summit held in Rio de Janeiro on ‘Digital Transformation and Use of Technology to Enhance Judicial Efficiency’, the CJI highlighted India’s achievements and said hearings through online mode have democratized access to the Supreme Court. The J20 is a summit of the heads of supreme courts or constitutional courts of the G20 member states and is being hosted this year by the Federal Supreme Court of Brazil in light of Brazil’s presidency of the G20. The CJI said that the case management system of the Supreme Court of India has been developed on ‘Free and Open Source Software’ (FOSS) and is the largest case management system in the world. Justice Chandrachud also said that even after the pandemic, direct and Online hearing (hybrid hearing) has become a feature of Indian courts and hearing through online mode has been of great benefit to those people who have to face a lot of difficulties in physically appearing in the court.

Online hearing of more than 7 lakh cases took place

He said that more than 7,50,000 cases were heard through video conferencing. Hearings of important constitutional cases in the Supreme Court are telecast live on the YouTube channel – bringing the constitutional deliberations to the homes and hearts of all citizens. The Supreme Court of India is almost completely paperless today. Chandrachud said technology has created new dimensions between the law and its enforcing agencies. He said that after all judges are the only public functionaries sitting on a high platform, who punish for contempt and take important decisions about the lives of others in separate private chambers without the fear of electoral loss.

CJI D.Y. Chandrachud said the apex court is using ‘Supreme Court Legal Translation Software’ (SUVAS) to translate its judgments into 16 regional languages. The CJI said that more than 36,000 cases have been translated so far. There are also live broadcasts and YouTube recordings through the Internet of important constitutional matters. Easy access to the judgments of the Supreme Court is provided through ‘Digital Supreme Court Records’. Over 30,000 past judgments are available for free in this record. He said judges are neither princes nor sovereigns who are above the need for clarification. He said that judiciary enables the society to provide rights.

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