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SC announces integration of WhatsApp with IT services

By Jhanak Singh      25 April, 2024 03:56 PM      0 Comments
SC announces integration of WhatsApp with IT services

NEW DELHI: In order to ensure easy access of automated messages about filing of cases, cause lists as and other information, the Supreme Court on Thursday announced a yet another revolutionary step of integrating WhatsApp with its IT Services.

"This small initiative will have a bing bang impact," Chief Justice of India D Y Chandrachud said.

According to an official statement, launched in the diamond jubilee year of the apex court, the initiative is aimed at strengthening the right to access to justice and enhancing transparency in the judicial system at the Supreme Court. 

Highlighting the importance of ICT, the CJI said, now more and more lawyers will have access to our courts.

"In the 75th year supreme court launches an initiative to strengthen access to justice. Even people from remote areas can access simple cases involving citizen issues as well. We are also migrating all our services into Meghraj cloud 2.0 which is the cloud infra created by NIC. Now all courts can go online as earlier there were only restrictions. The data is all preserved on servers in India," the CJI said.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, called the step of the SC, as "one more revolutionary" initiative by the Supreme Court. The SC has seen a steady stream of promising reforms in the last year.

In a lighter vein, Justice Hrishikesh Roy, pointed out as per the Chief Justice of India said, more and more digital device you use, you will look more and more young.

"This facility is yet another digital initiative under the leadership of Hon’ble the Chief Justice of India, Dr D Y Chandrachud and will go a long way in saving paper and conservation of our planet," the official statement said.

It pointed out through this service, Advocates-on-Record, Party-in-Person will receive automated messages regarding- Electronic filing; Cause list; Orders, Judgments.  

"All members of the Bar and the Registry officials will be able to receive cause list as and when published by the Registry. Automated messages through WhatsApp will be received on successful filing of cases, notification about objections being marked by the Registry in the cases filed, and subsequent registration of cases.  Further, in addition to accessing orders, judgments, through the website, now stakeholders will receive the same on their mobile devices," the statement said.

The official, by releasing the WhatsApp number for the purpose, also clarified it would be neither a call-back nor reply-back number.



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