The coronavirus pandemic has created an environmentally friendly and paperless jurisdictional mechanism that has added convenience to citizens, a senior Justice Department official said.
Addressing a virtual event on Friday to launch a new website for judgments and e-filing, Law Ministry Secretary (Justice) Barun Mitra said the pandemic had also helped to break down a “barrier of perception” which once prevented the digitization of the courts. .
During the pandemic and the confinement, the courts could not function in congregation, but thanks to the tools of information and communication technologies, their functioning did not “approach a sudden stop”, a he declared.
Mitra pointed out that more than 86 lakh case hearings were held via video conference.
“The steady growth in the number of virtual courts during the pandemic has resulted in the establishment of a paperless and environmentally friendly jurisdictional mechanism that has added convenience to citizens, in addition to improving the productivity of courts” , he said in his speech.
The official also pointed out that the “e sewa kendras” have bridged the access divide between lawyers and litigants.
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