Wednesday, October 6, 2010

E-Courts Mission Mode Project Of India

The failure of e-court project of India is the biggest setback for the judicial reforms initiatives of Indian government. Till the month of October 2010, India does not have even a single e-court.

Law Minister Veerappa Moily failed to materialise the use of information technology for both national litigation policy of India (NLPI) as well as e-courts project of India. Even online dispute resolution (ODR) has been failed to establish in India due to this technological apathy.

This has severely impaired the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and ODR growth in India. It is high time for Veerappa Moily and Law Ministry/Department of Justice to take e-courts project seriously.

The real problem in the path of e-courts project implementation is lack of techno legal expertise. For instance, there is just a single e-courts training and consultancy centre in India managed by Perry4Law and Perry4Law Techno Legal Base (PTLB). PTLB is currently not extending its techno legal expertise to the e-courts project of India and this is the main reason why there are no e-courts in India.

PTLB provides techno legal trainings to police force, lawyers, judges, arbitrators, corporate executives, law graduates, etc in the fields like cyber law, cyber security, cyber forensics, ODR, e-courts, etc.

Perhaps with adequate expertise and optimum manpower, e-court project of India may see the light of day after five years. For the time being, with the present expertise and pace, there is no hope of establishment of any e-court in India till another ten years.