Published on August 01, 2022 at 18:23 IST
Recently, Supreme Court Judge Hon’ble DY Chandrachud while addressing the valedictory function of All India District Legal Services Authorities Meet gave his perspective over use of technology by judicial institutions and judges.
Justice Chandrachud, the Chairperson of the Supreme Court’s E-committee, said that judicial institutions should be pre-cursor to change, here he means with the modern technology world. The Meet was one of its first time organised and saw many District and Session Judges, from across the country, as participation, in charge of legal services.
He began his speech by referring himself as ‘self-confessed geek of technology.” And then he underlined the statement that, “we should shed inhibitions in the use of technology. Judicial institutions has to be harbingers of change.”
Further he continued by saying that, “Most of the beneficiaries are illiterates. So two end of spectrum is might of the state and the beneficiaries. Technology enables us to do something which wings of State do not have us do – that is talk to each other,”
He highlighted the role of technology in legal aid and maintain that some specifics technology must be inculcate in judiciary. He made statement that, “Core of technology in Indian judicial system is case information system. Core is the CIS platform. We are also in the process of alert mechanism for judges to make them aware of the prison term being suffered by undertrials.”
He also stressed upon participation of law students to further the cause of legal aid.
He stated, “There is a deep divide in legal education in the country. There is one end where there are national law schools and the other end is law colleges which barely exist. But one common thread is awareness among the students of what exists on ground. We have to make use of the potent 4th and 5th year law students before they are desanitised by the system. These students will become the torchbearer of our future.”