In a bid to assist the judicial administration to reduce the pendency of cases and provide transparency in information to the litigants, the Bombay high court (HC) and its benches in Nagpur, Aurangabad and Panaji would soon be transformed into e-courts.
The lawyers will have to file all their copies in both the formats - soft as well as hard - in the courts from September 1, said Mohit Shah, chief justice of the Bombay high court, during the 32nd anniversary of the Aurangabad bench of the Bombay HC on Tuesday.
"The institutions are here to stay, but the major challenge is to preserve the records. Hence, it is very essential to digitize the entire records," Shah said, adding that the ones filing the soft copies in the court will be given preference in hearing of the cases.
He said television screens would also be installed in the court rooms so that the lawyers are able to give power point presentations in the court to explain their point in a better manner.
Addressing the bar members and others from the judiciary present on the occasion, he said the expectation from the judiciary is rising and steps should be taken in this direction. Shah appealed to the lawyers to co-operate with the judges, accept the rulings gracefully and prepare themselves thoroughly before an argument so that the judges are receptive rather than patient during hearings.
Shah was appreciated by the audience for speaking a few of the opening paras of his speech in Marathi.
Justice Dhananjaya Chandrachud, sitting judge of the Bombay HC, said that in quest of law, the judiciary should not forget justice in quest of justice, the lawyers should not forget law.
He said, "The outcome of cases are just only when the decision makers are just, fearless, knowledgeable and have freedom of thought and when the case files are opened with open minds."
"This is the time for the judiciary as well as the lawyers to re-dedicate themselves to the cause of justice and set an example so that the coming generations too strive to make the institution better," he said.
Satish Talekar, president of Aurangabad Bar association, said, "It is essential for the lawyers to inculcate values and become better individuals. This is a noble profession and should not be commercialized."