SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir State Judicial Academy organised One-day Orientation Programme on use of technology in court and case management at J&K state judicial academy Janipur, Jammu.
The training programme was inaugurated by Chief Justice, High Court of J&K Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed, along with Chairman, J&K State Judicial Academy, Justice Alok Aradhe, Judge, High Court of J&K Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey and Judge, High Court of Delhi Dr Justice S. Muralidhar. All the district judges, chief judicial magistrates and nodal officers of computer committees of Jammu Province participated in the programme.
Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey in his special address highlighted the fruitful results of technology in courts over the years and stated that it has revolutionised the justice delivery system. There have all along been endeavours at numerous levels world over, in general, and at the national level, in particular, to join heads to evolve and devise some methodologies to achieve the avowed object of delivery of quick, quality and cost effective justice to the litigant public, and so, at their door steps. The information technology has played a vital role in the attempts at achieving that object. Now, the advantages of information technology in our system are not alien to us. However, whereas great leaps have been made in the application and adoption of technology in our systems, many more things may need to be done, especially with a view to ensuring that obsolescence does not creep in the system.
Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed expressed the hope and desire that in the ultimate goal we have to achieve the dream of complete paperless courts because the technology doesn’t wait for a judicial system as it moves more rapidly than the judicial system. If we don’t follow technology we will become completely obsolete. He added that Younger generation adopts technology more fast but old one have to follow the suit as technology is meant for both young and old. We cannot reverse this trend as we are ageing day-by-day but technology is moving in multiples. The introduction of Court Management System and Case Management System will enable us to overcome the mounting pressure of arrears.
While deliberating upon the importance of technology in the judicial system he stated that his ultimate dream and vision is that all court records whether in the High Court, District Courts, Taluka Courts or any remote corner of the State should be digitised. All official records are also required to be digitised so that the voluminous records are not required to be moved from one place to another and we can save a lot of money and time by digitising the official records. We have to move faster to adopt the new technology.