In a world where technology changes so rapidly that tech from just last year seems a little too outdated, tech is yet to see it’s breakthrough in the Indian legal system. Now that doesn’t mean that the legal system is entirely out of date with no infusion of technology whatsoever. In fact, from the CJI’s comments about AI to e-committees, it seems that legal tech is the talk of the town in the industry. Here are some of the recent developments of incorporation of legal technologies in the Indian Judicial System.
- E- courts and E- committees-
The eCourts Mission Mode Project is an initiative by the Government of India to hold hearings through an online mode to provide an efficient, and time effective mode of justice while also promising transparency to the stakeholders. This also makes the system more cost effective and approachable. Considering the clutter of thousands of pending cases awaiting hearing, this step can prove to be a major leap towards digitalization of courts lubricating the judicial system.
2. National Judicial Data Grid
The NJDG is a part of the current digitalization and integration of e-courts. It provides a mechanism to identify, manage, and reduce the pendency of cases. It also helps in automated case management, and reduction of delays in the system. The NJDG implements the e-courts as a distributed online web system. With its oncoming, transparency is set to increase with more information available to all stakeholders.
3. CJI’s comments on AI-
Quite recently, the CJI of India, S.A. Bobde commented about the possibility of integration of a system which uses AI to prevent undue delay in justice delivery. However, he also made sure that judges, their discretion, will never be replaced by AI. This statement conveys a lot more than just words. This means that the Indian Judicial System is finally ready to move forward by adapting to the new technology, one baby step at a time. Legal tech will not only be used by multi million dollar firms, but also be embedded in the government machinery.
All in all, we’re witnessing a change, a change that has the potential to completely transform the legal industry. The system, and the government are changing with it. With everything becoming virtual due to pandemics, we may even see e-courts replacing the traditional ones in the future, and that too, for good. That day isn’t far away when legal tech changes from a time saver to the backbone of the industry.