Thursday, September 16, 2010

E-Courts In India Are Required

After spending crores of public money and wasting many crucial years, we are still waiting for the establishment of first e-court in India. The truth is that India does not have even a single e-court. This is because the very planning and coordination of the e-court project was faulty and was bound to be a failure.

There was neither any techno legal e-court expertise nor any transparency and accountability. Further, even the performance appraisal system was missing and there was none to ask for the progress of e-court project.

The results were inevitable and like all other e-governance projects of national e-governance plan (NEGP), e-court project also failed.

The good news is that the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has today approved an amount of Rs. 935 crore as the revised cost estimate for implementing the E-Courts project in the country.

Keeping the previous failures in mind, it would be a good idea to take the professional services of techno legal experts who can actually implement the e-court project of India.

Law Minister Veerappa Moily has already promised many ambitious projects but till now not even a single has been accomplished. This is the most crucial project for him and Law Ministry of India must take e-courts project very seriously.