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I feel, I have been offended. I login to the website justice.gov.

in and search for my case law, under what category my case falls. Then I would like know whether there has been some similar case, yes there is, I get reference. Now I want to know of the procedure I should follow, oh it requires e-filing by advocate. I need one advocate, so I go to the organization window where I have to choose from options category of case-monetary, family matter, enforcement of judgement or some other , authorized practitioners , function and area wise. I make an intelligent choice, optimized on the basis of physical nearness of good advocate having experience in my kind of case and his availability. I make a user account and contact the advocate, the reply comes within 24 hours. He files the case for me and sends me an e- challan, I pay through secure payment gateway and he authorizes it , my case is filed. I took nearness factor in case I have to personally visit , there are few documents that are not electronically available. Now my case is given a certain identification code and I am redirected to window that asks for time schedule for my case hearing, it shows available slots in various courts, list of judges and fee charged. I select one , my appointment is fixed. I had also to enter some confidential information regarding the evidences. They did a record check for my evidences for any case of counterfeit through police records which are accessible to them. On the designated day, I reach the court well prepared, the judge looks at my case, he has already done some homework, borrowed some references available on centralized database. This one is paid and secured else I also could have drawn some inferences. The case is thoroughly looked upon, judgement issued and a copy has been sent to my user account mail data base. That one is a digitally certified court order and is as good as orders received in hard copy. I am happy. The above example was of a typical e- judiciary system functioning smooth. We , in India still do not have a single e-court as of now but efforts are under way and NIC is doing a good job. We hopefully look forward to 1st e- court in the current year. Now, lets understand what are the underlying essential aspects of the system. A fair and just system lies on foundation blocks of transparency, accessibility and effectiveness of judicial system. This in turn requires communication, cooperation and coordination among various machineries forming the judicial system, to name a few are the courts, judges, prosecuting officers, public defenders, police, ministry and jail authorities. The implementation of e-judiciary system presupposes some basic minimum infrastructure. Hence,the first approach should be building sufficient infra in terms of computerization and preparing an exhaustive and secure data bank . Imparting the knowledge about the system is also critical. This should go hand in hand and also it requires constant effort. Training sessions, open communications , holding seminars, visiting remote areas and telling people of their rights and access to system have to be perpetual. The other activity that should have Start-start as well as finish-finish relationship with the above is interlinking of data systems of various agencies and departments. Going in isolation will lead only to mis appropriation of funds and delaying the project. This is one big challenge as internet density is lower in

India. For maintaining a big centralized data base and arranging connectivity over secured networks is great strategic task to our IT conglomerates. Next, there need to be certain stakeholders in the project- the government bodies as well as corporates. In a nation like ours, economic and political environments are still very unpredictable. We need the project be insured and not be jeopardized in wake of any turmoil. The public private partnership would bring the desired stability. We also need an adequate resource pool for finances as well as human capital. For skilled labor, world class training facility is required. This can be done in collaboration with various national and international institutions and consultancies. The core competence would be in areas of legal framework and procedures as well as information and communication systems. Another very important aspect critical to success of system is public perception of judicial system, which is quite low these days owing to long case delays, extensive backlogs, predictability of judgement, inaccessibility or limited access to justice. This one is very abstract, however, very pertinent prerequisite. Exemplification rather than mere education would be the key to success. There can be small kiosks or mobile courts which would bring justice at their door. This can cover people from rural or remote areas who do not find themselves a party to shining India programme but they make a big volume. Legal aid, this is another buzz word that would bring some positive effect. In a nation where Rs 28 or Rs 32 per day define poverty line and such people comprise 30% of population , not all can afford justice. Some system should be designed that lowers or in some cases exempts the cost of judicial proceedings for deserving ones. Challenges to the system are many and multi dimensional , infra based, organizational, resource based, awareness and financial. If implemented, it would be a big paradigm shift in our archaic bureaucratic mind set. This would be more of a cultural change but we have to be patient. An effective way would be sequencing the activities with certain benchmarks and milestones. The very idea promises more equitable, expeditious and transparent judicial and allied system. Lets work towards a brighter future.