Jharkhand High Court will introduce a case management software system in every court of the state.
The implementation of the software designed by National Informatics Centre is part of the e-courts project initiated by the high court in 2009.
The software designed on Linux OS with PHP and Postgres will comprise a 15-digit unique diary number that will include a state code, district code and high court judges’ code. A special token number will also be assigned to every case filed in any state court, the details of which can be accessed at the click of a button.
The software will enable the courts to not only keep digital records of cases filed but will also allow them to access the outcome of a particular case in terms of orders and judgements passed by superior courts up to the Supreme Court. The software will automatically point out a case rejection status, if any. The case journeys can be accessed on the websites of the respective civil courts.
The high court has divided the e-courts project, a bid to link the civil courts with the high court through the Internet, into two phases.
Phase I was initiated in 2009 and was supposed to be completed by March 2012. However, only 30 per cent of the assigned task could be completed in the time. The tasks included recruitment of technical staff, construction of computer rooms and setting in place servers. Phase II, which will be completed by 2014, will comprise a systems upgrade and revised training and assessment of judicial officers for their cyber know-how.
As part of the e-courts project, special computer rooms will have to be constructed in all the 22 district courts in the state, which will be linked online. A senior judicial officer said work has already started and the process of supply of modems for configuring the Internet facility is under process. All judicial officers have also been supplied with laptops and laser printers, which have been covered under an annual maintenance contract.
The state government on the recommendation of the high court has already appointed 17 systems officers who have been deployed for providing IT support to the civil courts. The government has been further requested to create more posts for technical manpower and adequate monetary arrangements for remuneration of the technical staff.
The second phase of the e-courts project also involves implementation of video conferencing facility between all the district courts and the jails within their respective jurisdiction along with video monitoring by the high court.
The video-conferencing facilities was inaugurated last month, on May 19, by Supreme Court judge Altamas Kabir, who oversaw a trial conducted in a camp court in Madhupur under Deoghar district.
Officials refused to comment on the cost involved in implementing the project., which was mooted by Chief Justice Prakash Tatia, who has been personally overseeing the developments.