Chandigarh, Dec 8 (PTI) The judicial system has become more transparent as detailed information regarding case status and history is now available on the electronic platform, Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice Krishna Murari said Saturday.

Terming the e-Courts project as a “big leap” towards fulfilment of Constitutional obligation of providing justice to the citizens at their doorsteps, he appreciated the efforts of the Computer Committee of High Court of Punjab and Haryana in bringing the high court among the front runners in the matter of computerisation.

“Now case status and history is easily and promptly accessible,” he said.

Earlier, the second National Conference of the Computer Committees of the high courts was inaugurated here at the Chandigarh Judicial Academy in the presence of Justice Hemant Gupta, Judge, Supreme Court of India, Justice Krishna Murari, Justice Surya Kant, Chief Justice, High Court of Himachal Pradesh. The two-day conference, with the theme ‘e-Courts Project Exploring New Horizons’, would provide a platform for deliberations among all the stakeholders of e-Courts Project – Department of Justice, e-Committee of the Supreme Court, Computer Committees of High Courts, Central Project Coordinators of the High Courts on various issues concerning implementation of e-Courts project.

Addressing the conference, Justice Hemant Gupta dwelled upon the journey of judicial system from ‘Courts to e-Courts’. He highlighted the initial resistance to the infusion of information and communication technology into the judicial system. He also spoke about the success of the e-Courts project and the benefits being reaped by the public from e-Services.

Justice Gupta also impressed upon getting a feedback from advocates and litigants regarding the system so as to further improve the same.

Justice Surya Kant, while emphasising the necessity of the use of information and communication technology for making the judicial system more effective and efficient, also cautioned against over-dependence over-technology in the arena requiring application of mind.

Justice Ravi Ranjan, Chairman, Computer Committee, High Court of Punjab and Haryana, while delivering the welcome address, highlighted that the main purpose of this conference is to share achievements of all the HCs with regard to centralised concept conceived by the e-Committee of the SC and to further exchange ideas for improvements and innovations.

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