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SC launched Public access portal for district courts

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The Supreme Court of India on Saturday launched a public access portal of the National Judicial Data Grid (NJDG) for district courts to demystify the judicial process for the ordinary citizen.

The public access portal was designed under the guidance of Chief Justice of India H.L.Dattu and inaugurated by Supreme Court judge Justice M.B. Lokur, will give litigants and others the consolidated figures of pending cases in district judiciaries across the country.

The NJDG public access page can be visited at the National eCourts portal, ecourts.gov.in’. The NJDG already has information of 1.94 crore pending cases out of approximately 2.7 crore cases in district courts, except those in Madhya Pradesh and Delhi, where case data is being migrated to the national version of case information software.

“These statistics, which will be updated every day by the respective court complexes covered under the eCourts Project, will show case pendency broken into civil and criminal cases and segregated into age-wise categories of up to 2 years, between 2 to 5 years, between 5 to 10 years and more than 10 years,” the Supreme Court registry said in a press note.

It added that the “NJDG page for public access will also disseminate national and state, district and court-wise information about institution and disposal of cases and also the cases filed by senior citizens and women in the total pendency”.

The public access page also has feature of monitoring alerts like all cases listed for the day across the country and the cases where no date is updated or a date more than three months later is updated.

“Some courts are not yet computerized and, in some cases, connectivity issues may lead to non-updating of information,” the release said.The Indian judiciary comprises nearly 15,000 courts spread in approximately 2,500 court complexes throughout the country. The e-Courts Project website said.