IT brings down pendency of cases in Gujarat courts

Know status of cases through SMS

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Samir Sachdeva | March 8, 2010



The computerization in Gujarat high court / district courts started in year 1995-96 and has helped administration of the courts in streamlining their day-to-day activity. Today, over 90% of the activities and services of the courts are facilitated through information technology.

The system extends to 53 district court complexes and 113 taluka court complexes. It is supported by video conferencing between high court and subordinate courts.

The data retrieval had been made easier by standardized coding of cases numbers, advocates, acts, sections of the acts etc. Usage of unique advocate code checks the legitimacy of practicing advocate. Unique codes for acts, sub-section facilitate grouping and bunching of cases for speedier disposal.

Inquiry counters have been set up in each court to provide information on the case status and copy of judgments/ orders can also obtained at a nominal fee. The case status can also be obtained through SMS and IVR system. A litigant can dial IVR Nos.  (079) 27664463, 27664465, 27664468 and 27664473 can be dialed for knowing case status through telephone. He can also know the status by sending an SMS to 56767
For High Court (SMS to know the status of case)
ghcs <Caseside> <Casetype> <CaseNumber> <Caseyear>  to  56767

Data updating, cause-lists, daily orders and judgments are also available through the website http://gujarathighcourt.nic.in/ & http://gujcourts.guj.nic.in which are updated every day.

Online database like AIR, GLR, and GLH has been provided to all judges including judges of district courts and family court to enable instant access of leading legal databases.

In future the Gujarat courts are planning to facilitate e-filing, online query for precedent, citation, statutes etc., online filing through community service center, electronic issue of Notice / process using digital signature, e-learning, web casting, tracking of issuance of service of summons, access to international database, digitization of old records, establishment of legal kiosk and e-mail / SMS alerts for case status.

The adoption of ICT has brought down the pendency of cases from 122843 to 87255 in Gujarat High court and from 2427020 to 2317592 in the district courts.

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