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Odisha govt unveils legal monitoring system book

Tusharkanti Behera launches it in presence of electronics and IT secretary Manoj Mishra and senior officials of Computer Application Centre
Tusharkanti Behera.
Tusharkanti Behera.

Subhashish Mohanty   |   Bhubaneswar   |   Published 17.08.22, 12:57 AM

The Odisha government’s electronics and information technology department on Tuesday unveiled a book on Integrated Legal Monitoring System (ILMS).

The book highlights the journey of implementation of the robust and seamless solutions that helped the state government to cut down the backlog of legal cases with better oversight and enhanced governance, heralding a new era of transparent and efficient case administration and dispensation of justice.

Electronics and information technology minister Tusharkanti Behera launched the book in the presence of electronics and IT secretary Manoj Mishra and senior officials of Odisha Computer Application Centre (OCAC).

“This book on ILMS traces the journey of the system, talks about its visible benefits and draws a roadmap to the future. The digital solution has made legal case management easier for the departments with features like generating alerts for dates of hearing, filing of counter-response, orders by the courts and timeline for compliance,” Behera said.

Speaking at the book launching ceremony, Mishra said: “This book should serve as a lighthouse on the disruptive potential of technology beyond the delivery of public services. Odisha has been one of the pioneer states in leveraging technologies even for niche areas like legal case management. ILMS with its alerts on key milestones like scheduled date of hearing, the deadline to file a counter-response, orders pronounced by the court and the timeline for compliance has reset our approach to case management.”

He said: “The outcomes have been particularly impressive for the school and mass education department where the state government piloted this digital initiative. Before the rollout of this system, the department wrestled with the challenge of 10 cases on average each day with the count surging to around 80,000 cases in 2017. By the end of April 2022, the pendency in court cases had notably reduced to 32,654, a decline of 59 per cent.”

The judicial system in India is facing a considerable inventory of cases. According to figures by the National Judicial Data Grid, 42.4 million cases are pending at different courts, and in over 40 per cent of these accumulated cases, a government department or office is a party to litigations.

“The Odisha government has been quick to take the help of technology which can address this challenge. Information and communication technology (ICT)-based solutions like ILMS have the potential to transform the face of an administration and enhance the image of the government in reinforcing the confidence of citizens and investors,” Mishra said.

Manoj Patnaik, chief executive officer of OCAC, said: “Since every detail pertaining to the case can be accessed online from the system, it spares human resources from attending to mundane and cumbersome tasks, orienting them to more productive functions.”

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