The promise and perils of digital justice delivery (The Hindu, Indian Polity, Science and tech, GS-2,3)


Context:- A e-court committee of the supreme court has suggested a total application of e-technology in the delivery of justice delivery. On this pretext, Phase -3 which is a 360 degree takeon on the overhauling of justice delivery is disputed.

Issues in the indian judiciary:-

  • Delay in the judgments, currently on around 3.7 cr cases are pending in the courts and these cases are as old as 30 years.
  • Less number of judges.
  • Lack of infrastructure.
  • Lack of financial resources.
  • Tussle between higher judiciary and executive.

How technology will help in improving the functioning of judiciary.

  • Real time checking.
  • Ease in accessibility and affordability
  • It wil help in creating 360 profile of cases.
  • A true e-tech integrated judiciary
  • Quick justice

Issue in the 3rd phase of e-court:-

  • When data from the courts and around the territory will be integrated then they may be a issue of right to privacy violation
  • Issue of centralising the data
  • Technology is not panacea
  • R2P must be protected.
  • Issue of data breach as indian systems are vulnerable.

Way forward:-

Swarn Singh

Plutus IAS Current Affair Team

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