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Court to SMS petition status

Jharkhand High Court will soon introduce Short Messaging Service (SMS) to inform status of petitions in the court to lawyers and litigants appearing in person.

A brainchild of Chief Justice R. Banumathi and Justice D.N. Patel, the facility will be launched next month. Such a facility is already in place at Madras High Court and Gujarat High Court from where the two judges hail.

To avail the service, advocates must have their mobile phone numbers registered with the high court mobile phone database. The high court has started collecting details such as address, e-mail IDs and mobile numbers of advocates to generate its database.

Initially the advocates will receive information about the token numbers allotted to their case, date of filing, date of numbering and name of the counsel. However, they will not have to shell out a single penny to avail this facility.

“Cases filed in the high court could be tracked from anywhere through this new SMS system,” said Justice Patel.

The advocates are likely to benefit the most.

The SMS system will be a new thing for Jharkhand High Court advocates who will easily track the cases, said Jharkhand High Court Advocates’ Association president Mahesh Tiwary.

“With the new facility, information will only be a message away,” said Niyati Sah, a high court practitioner.

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