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DIGITAL COURTS

Building courts that are more inclusive and intuitive, through technology

In January 2020 the ideas of virtual courts and online hearings were audacious, they no longer are. The challenges posed by COVID-19 spurred the judiciary to confront and overcome its resistance to radical changes. We’re now at the crossroads where the right technological injection along with reengineering of court processes can realise a future of democratised access to justice.

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Recent activities

Townhall to Break Down the eCommittee’s draft Vision Document

The Supreme Court eCommittee’s draft Vision Document is open for public consultations! And the last date for inputs is April 23, 2021. To help you identify portions that deserve your attention and feedback, we are hosting a series of short townhalls.

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In these townhalls you will get to:

  1. Have a quick glimpse into the key elements of the draft Vision Document
  2. Seek clarifications and discuss critical views with others
  3. Understand using the CIVIS tool to build your suggestions, to be shared with the eCommittee

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Register here to be notified of the next townhall and shape the future of dispute resolution in India!

Digital Courts - Townhall

Public Consultation on the Draft Vision Document for Phase III of the eCourts Project

For the first time in Indian history, the Supreme Court e-Committee, under the leadership of Justice D.Y. Chandrachud opened up its draft Vision Document for digitisation of the courts for public consultations. 

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The document presents a radical new approach from Phase I & II. At the heart of which is the creation of an open digital infrastructure that allows for solutions to continuously emerge and evolve from the ecosystem: including private enterprises, PSU’s, tribunals, etc. In addition, it prescribes a platform architecture that will allow for the design and building of an open and collaborative digital infrastructure within which the judicial system ‘talks’ to other institutions such as the police, prisons and ADR institutions. 

Further, the document describes key milestones to achieving these goals such as putting in place data and technology standards, specifications and protocols and open APIs along with strong monitoring and evaluation frameworks. With a view to solving the implementation deficit, the draft also discusses a comprehensive set of principles to handle the transition to new systems across technology, human resources, procurement and institutions. The draft also looks at how implementation can be sequentially executed and what monitoring and evaluation processes can be put in place to assess the adoption and impact of the platform.

Agami and partnered with CIVIS to create a tool to source feedback on the draft Vision Document. Please click here to:

  1. Review a summary of the Vision Document in English or Hindi 
  2. Provide your feedback on critical questions 
  3. Use the document annotator to view public comments of other respondents and participate in a public discussion

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Townhall to Break Down the eCommittee’s draft Vision Document

The Supreme Court eCommittee’s draft Vision Document is open for public consultations! And the last date for inputs is April 23, 2021. To help you identify portions that deserve your attention and feedback, we are hosting a series of short 30 townhalls.

In this townhall you will get to:

  1. Have a quick glimpse into the key elements of the draft Vision Document
  2. Seek clarifications and discuss critical views with others
  3. Understand using the CIVIS tool to build your suggestions, to be shared with the eCommittee

Register here to be notified of the next townhall and shape the future of dispute resolution in India!

Digital Courts - Townhall

Phase 3 and the Supreme Court E-Committee

In June 2020, Agami along with Daksh and Vidhi accepted the invitation to be part of the Supreme Court E-Committee as experts to envision and implement the digital courts initiative. 

The drafting process of the Vision Document for Phase 3 of the e-courts project included consultations with 14 High Courts, technologists, data scientists, platform architects, administrative officials, and court CPCs and systems officers across the country.

A Roadmap

In May 2020, through a collaborative effort we anchored with CLPG, CAM, NIPFP, CSJ, Daksh and Vidhi we offered a roadmap of how to realise the concept of digital courts to the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India. We charted a path to digitisation, analysing the different roadblocks that may arise along the way and offered possible methods of overcoming them. 

What we’re building for

Trust

Empathy

Sustainability

Transparency

What we are exploring

How might we design the architecture of the digital platform to ensure it is agile, unified not uniform and context specific?

How might we ensure optimal utilization of judicial capabilities and ensure adequate technical competencies in the design and implementation of Phase 3?

How might we employ technology in a transformative role by enabling users to perform tasks or deliver certain services that would not have been previously possible?

How might we leverage market innovation and capabilities to advance adoption?

Using open APIs, a reusable and extensible modular architecture, open and interoperable source codes, how might we design solutions that are evolutionary?

Have a suggestion? We would love to hear from you.