Jorhat, Oct. 21: In a bid to include the judiciary in e-governance, all districts and other subordinate courts under Gauhati High Court have been asked to set up information and communication technology (ICT) rooms.
In this regard, the court, in a directive issued recently, has asked all its three benches — in Aizawl, Kohima and Itanagar — and all district and sessions courts under its jurisdiction and the public works department (buildings) to make necessary arrangements for provisioning of ICT rooms.
The high court has directed the setting up of a district-level monitoring committee, headed by respective district and sessions judge having a district informatics officer (National Informatics Centre) and PWD executive engineer (buildings) of the district as members to monitor the implementation of the project. The PWD department will prepare the plan estimate of the ICT facility and supervise the construction of rooms, while the district informatics officer will monitor the setting up of the facility.
The directive issued by a joint registrar of the high court, Kuntal Sarma Pathak, stated that an ICT room would be set up on each court complex under the high court. The directive said the ICT room would consist of a judicial service centre, which will have a number of counters that will serve as information counters and one-point case filing counters.
The facility will also have a computer server room for the network of all computers in the judiciary. It said all judicial courts in Assam and neighbouring states (Nagaland, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh) under its jurisdiction will be connected under the project.
The high court has issued a set of guidelines to be followed for setting up of the ICT rooms. These include the number of information counters to be installed in a court depending upon the number of judges the court has. Courts having up to five judges will have one counter, those with six to 10 judges will have two while a court having over 10 judges will have three. The guidelines also mention the number of computers and electrical boards to be installed in a court depending on the number of judges, besides specifying the size of the ICT room.
Courts having a single judge should have a minimum area of 100 square feet, those with two to six judges should have a minimum area of 200 square feet while those with seven or more judges should have a minimum area of 400 square feet.
On completion of site preparation work, the PWD executive engineer of the district shall submit a fund utilisation certificate and work completion certificate to the district and sessions judge.
Another guideline mentions that the district and sessions judge and the district informatics officer shall verify the work done by the PWD. Upon satisfaction over the completion of work, countersign the fund utilisation certificate and work completion certificate and submit the same to the high court as well as to the state government.
HC has issued a set of guidelines to be followed
for setting up of ICT rooms
Number of information
counters to be installed in
a court will depend upon the number of judges the court
The project is under eCourts Mission Mode of National e-Governance Plan (NeGP)
Under NeGP, 14249 district and subordinate courts in 3069 court complexes,
including high courts across India and the Supreme Court,
to be computerised
earmarked by the Centre for the project is Rs 935 crore