The Supreme Court is planning to go almost paperless in 200 days, Chief Justice J.S. Khehar declared on 24th March.
"We will electronically pick up records from courts. There will be no need for appellants to file those records," a bench stated.
The revelation came when advocate Indira Jaising mentioned a petition filed by her seeking transparent guidelines for designating lawyers as senior advocates.
SC plans to go digital in 200 days
Digitalization could save 50 lakh pages annually
On an average, 70,000 appeals, each containing over 100 pages, are filed in the SC annually. Number of pages sometimes goes up to 200 in case of bigger law firms and larger stakes. With digitalization, about 50 lakh pages can be saved every year.
CJI Khehar: A break away from convention
CJI Jagdish Singh Khehar has broken away from traditional methods. Out of many impressive decisions, he has unwaveringly refused pleas by renowned advocates for out of turn hearings.
The tradition of time-consuming persuasion by lawyers for early listing of cases has been done away with.
The CJI-headed bench also started imposing hefty fines on frivolous petitions, which has considerably reduced their number.
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