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					         e-Courts

Project Implementation Plan


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                     Chronolgy
    NIC initiated computerised activities in the
    Indian Judiciary in 1990 by taking up the
    computeristaion of the Supreme Court of India.
   During 1992-95 NIC took up the computerisation of
    all High Courts on the lines of the Supreme court
    computerisation program.
   During 1997-99 NIC implemented IT activities in 430
    District Courts primarily for creating awareness.
   In 2002-05 implemented Metro & Capital city courts
   Since 2007 NIC has been implementing phase I of
    District &     Subordinate courts project at a cost of
    Rs.442 cr to be completed in 2 years

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     Earlier Computerisation Schemes

   1997 :   430 DISTRICT COURTS,
             Rs 15 Cr//1 PC/DISTRICT JUDGE

   2001-02 : 700 METRO CIVIL COURTS
              (Rs.17.8 Cr)/2.5 PCs/COURT

   2003-04 : 781 COURTS IN 29 CAPITAL TOWNS
              (Rs.24.8 Cr)/2.5 PCs/COURT


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                     Introduction: eCourts MMP
       Integrated Mission Mode Project
       Approved by CCEA on February 2, 2007
       Cost Rs. 442 crores,
       Duration : 2 years
       Coverage
           ICT enablement of District and Subordinate Courts
           Upgradation of ICT infrastructure of supreme court & high courts
       Implementing agency- NIC,
       Consultation & guidance of E-Committee




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           Public Interface applications
1.     Causelists on Internet
●    The Advocates & Litigants can get the Cause lists
     as soon as they are out in the Registry.
● No need to wait for the hardcopy to be delivered
     late in the evening.
● Advocates can easily locate/generate their own
     CLs
2. Daily Orders
● Litigants can get Daily Orders on Internet
● No need to approach the court
● No scope for any hassles
● It receives about 150,000 hits a day
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Public Interface applications

3. Case status on Internet
• Up-to-Date status of a case can be found
  out through the web
• No need to contact either the Registry or
  the advocate
• Litigants can keep track of their cases
 & maintain case records on their own
• No chance for corruption in obtaining
  case related information



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       Public Interface applications
    4. Judgments Information System
• Contains about 60,000 reported judgments of
    Apex court.
•     Judgments are available on the net
•     Litigants can obtain relevant judgments
      as soon as they are delivered
•     Advocates can maintain their own Case
      law library without much expenditure
5. Interactive Voice Response System
   Supreme court cases can be accessed on
   IVRS. Ph. No: 24357276


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       Public Interface applications
6. Digitally Signed Certified Copies
As the Digitally signed copies need not be cross
checked with the original file, it can be served to
the litigant on the spot with out time delay.
• As there will be no delay in issuing Certified
Copy, the dealing clerk has to provide the copy on
the spot.
• No chance for excuses
• The litigant can even down load an electronically
certified copy from the net with out contacting
the court.
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          Public Interface applications
7. Indiacode
     •    Contains all acts of parliament right
          from 1834 onwards.
     •    Each Act contains: Short   Title,
          Enactment dt., Sections and
          Schedule.
     •    Up-to-date Acts, Amendments, etc.,
          can be retrieved through the web
     •    Judges & Librarians can maintain
          reliable   & updated India code


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         Public Interface applications
 8. e-Filing
  It envisages filing of cases by the advocates
 electronically from his/her office. The advocate gets a
 receipt under digital signature of court authority. The
 person filing cases electronically, is entitled to receive
 the proceedings of the court electronically.
• It avoids litigants/advocates to visit the courts for
 filing their cases
• Courts need not transfer the filed documents into
 electronic form
• Convenient, reliable, easy and efficient                    #
                   Modules in e-Courts
        1 - Distribution of Laptops and Laser Printers
        2 - Personalised Training to judges
        3 - Connectivity to laptops – Broadband
        4 - Connectivity at court complexes
        5 –Videoconferencing
        6 – Site preparation
        7 –Hardware
        8 –Application Software
        9 - Technical Manpower

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                                        Project Execution
                             Ministry of Information Technology
Center
                Project     NIC – Infra &        E-Committee         Department Of   Supreme Court
              Consultants    Soft Teams                                 Justice




                                                                                                      Vendors & State Agencies - PWD
                Project     NIC State Unit         Steering          HC Site Prep     High Courts
State         Consultants                         Committee           Committee




                                                                                                                                       Citizens of India
                             NIC District        District Implementation Committee   District Court
District
                                Unit                                                     (499)
Sub- District /              Sub-district                                             Sub-district
Taluka                       Court Team                                                 Court




        Consultants         Planning, Execution and Control

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     Project Challenges – Site Preparation
        Site Preparation Guidelines and Specifications circulated
        Formation of Site Preparation Committees at High Courts
         in progress
        Progress to be expedited on part of
            Engaging PWD and Vendor Identification
            Preparation of Cost Estimates
            Preparation of Layout diagrams


        Workshop held on 9th Jan, exclusively for Site Preparation
            Strong emphasis laid out on Site Preparation
            Urging High Courts to form Committees, submit Cost estimates



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                        Site Preparation
        Formation of Committee
        Identification of vendor
        Cost estimates and layout diagrams, to be
         approved by Committee
        NIC will release payment after receiving above
        Cost estimates should be around Rs.2 Lakh/site
        Completion certificate to be vetted by High Courts
         and District Courts
        Site Preparation excludes LAN
        AC/DG sets procurement - central empanelment
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                         Laser printers
        Number of Laser Printers are equal to the
            number of Laptops
        Stock Entry will be done at High Courts
         Procedure for stock entry, delivery, installation,
         and certification needs to be finalised
        Only one installation certificate should be sent per
         High court




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                         Email/Internet
        BSNL/MTNL is facility provider
        BSNL is provided with lists of address of judges
         vetted by HCs
        NIC is receiving lists directly from judges, not
         vetted by DJs or HCs
        Installation note to be signed by concerned judge
        All installation notes to be compiled together and
         vetted by respective High Courts before sending to
         NIC
        Change of addresses, phone nos., transfers and
         retirement of judges – How to manage ?


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     Internet Connectivity at Court Complexes
     BSNL is facility provider
      Broadband based connectivity
     Wi-fi based connectivity in one room
     This arrangement will be till leased line / SWAN
      connectivity is made available to each court
     List of addresses of all court complexes vetted by
      HCs




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                  Video Conferencing
        District court wise requirement of VC to be vetted
         by High Courts and sent to NIC
        Exclude sites where VC facility already exists
        VC will be based on VSAT technology
        At court end, complete VC facility will be made
         available.
        At Jail end , low end VC facility
        Procedure for stock entry, delivery, installation,
         and certification to be finalised

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                        Hardware
        4 Computers (desktops and thin clients) with 3
         printers will be given per court
        2 computers in court, 1 in Judicial Service Centre
         (JSC), 1 for General purpose – Payroll, etc
        3 Printers – 2 in Court, 1 in JSC/General Purpose
        All computers in a court complex will be networked
         to a server
        At each court complex one scanner will be
         provided
        Procedure for stock entry, delivery, installation,
         and certification to be discussed
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                  Technical Manpower
        At each High Court – 1 Senior System Officer, 1
         System Officer, 2 System Assistants
        At each District court – 1 System Officer, 2 System
         Assistants
        Deployed for 18 man-months
        Will report to High Court and District Court Judges
         as the case may be
        Whenever need arises, they will visit the
         subordinate courts
         TA/DA will be paid
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                 Project Monitoring System
The web based e-Courts Project Monitoring System will
  enable in:
 Monitoring progress at each court complex for
       Site Preparation, Hardware, LAN, Training, etc
   Providing access to key project documents
       Action Plans and Guidelines,
       Information on committees at each High Court
   Generating status reports at each level
       Court Complex, District, and High Court
   Providing general information on
       Vendors
       Product Installation and Usage
                              Key Achievements
        13000 laptops supplied to Judges
        ICT training of Judges/staff underway:
             10853/ 13000 Judges
             43412 / 60000 staff trained
        Broadband connection has been provided at 8717 Judge residences,
         469 district courts and 896 taluka courts.
        Dial up connection has been provided at 971 judge residences, 17
         district courts and 376 taluka courts.
        13000 laser printers have been delivered to Judges.
        Project Monitoring Website launched
        SW standardization Committee’s first meeting was held on 26th April
         08.
        Engaging Project Consultants for Project Management and Process
         Reengineering

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Key Achievements….               Site-preparation

   Site preparation specifications and guidelines circulated.
    Site preparation estimates have been received out of about
    2900 Court Complexes, from 1998 from the following
    states / UTs:

   Andhra Pradesh, Andaman & Nicobar, Assam, Bihar,
    Chandigarh,Gujarat, Haryana, HP, J & K, Karnataka, Kerala,
    MP, Maharastra, Orissa, Punjab, Rajasthan, TamilNadu,
    Tripura, UP, Uttrakhand, and West Bengal.

   The Total Estmated Cost = Rs.41.7 Cr for 1998 Court
    Complexes.
HW items for District & sub-ordinate courts
Depending on the requirement the District & Sub-
ordinate courts will be get the following items:

            Rack Mount Server 1U
            Rack Mount Server 2U
            Thin Clients
            Slim PC1
            Mono Laser Printers
            24 pin,136 Column DMP Printer
            Scanner (Legal)-15ppm
            Portable projector
            KVA On-line UPS with 120 min back up
            2 KVA On-line UPS with 120 min back up
            500 VA Line-Interactive UPS with 120 min backup
            LAN Items (Active & Passive)
                           Activities in Queue
        Videoconferencing – Bids to be received from vendors

        Technical Manpower – Job orders are given to empanelled
         vendors

        Hardware and Network – Technical evaluation is going on

        Software Application Standardisation Version 1
            Formation of Software Development Committees for Supreme
             Court, High Courts and Lower Courts – Completed




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                 Service levels – litigant public
1.   Registration of case          by auto-generated case numbers
2.   Copies of Judgment            Auto-generated judgments would be
                                   made available through web
3.   Preparation and delivery of   Decree should be made available to the
     decrees                       concerned parties by e-mail, where
                                   ever applicable
4.   Generation of automated       within an hour of conclusion of court
     cause list                    service daily
5.   Generation of court diaries   Automated diaries

6.   Availability of Case status   Online 'case status' right from filing of
                                   a case till it gets disposed
7.   Generation of daily orders    As soon as the Judge signs the order
                                   and edited by the Court Master
8.   Website for each court        Every court will have its own website
                  Service levels -        for Registry

1.   Submission of report of              Tracking of submission of
     Commissioner/ pleader appointed      commissioners' report on a
     for recording evidence               timely basis
2.   Storing of documentary evidence      Scanning and digitally capturing
                                          the cases in the database
3.   Calculation of court fees due and    Automated calculation of court
     paid for                             fee at the end of each
                                          transaction and report
                                          generated on a daily basis
4.   Release of orders to the copying     as soon as the judgment is
     section                              signed.
5.   Filing of written statement by the   Tracking of generation of written
     defendant                            statement - to be generated
                                          within 30 days of the date of
                                          summons or 90 days (if allowed
                                          to be extended by the court)
                 Project Acceleration Steps
   E-Committee, NIC & DoJ to play a key role in speeding up
    the implementation process
   Launch of Project Awareness Campaigns including
       Conducting project awareness programmes to District judges at
        HCs
       Project Success Case Studies
       Project Films showcasing using of ICT in Judiciary
       Keeping in touch with HCs on project implementation issues
   Appointment of one Project Consultant at each High Court
       Will work towards successful implementation at High Court Level
       Reporting to E-Committee and NIC HQ and respective State Units
           Application Software Development
For Version 1:                          For Version 2(BPR):

 Application based on common data       Development of reengineered
  structures and functionality            processes

 Critical analysis of common view by    Vetting of reengineered processes by
  software standardisation committee      sections of Judiciary

 Design, development, testing, and      Implementation of the application
  rollout of common view software         software for reengineered process

 Configuration Management & Training    Evaluation and Testing

                                         Roll-out and Handholding
                               General Issues
        Site-preparation:
            AC will be only for server room
            Furniture will be for Server room & JSC
            DG set would be procured locally
            Floor of JSC should be slightly elevated


        Hardware will be delivered directly at Court Complexes
        General mechanism for stock entry, delivery, installation,
         and certification
        Technical Manpower – a few will be deployed very shortly



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            Site-preparation cost estimates
    DC will consolidate all cost-estimates under its jurisdiction
    and forward it to HC
    HC will examine, if approved consolidate cost-estimates of
    DCs will forward to NIC for release of advance payment
    When the site is complete DC will issue consolidated work
    completion certificate for all court complexes
    HC will forward consolidated work completion certificates
    of all DCs to NIC.
    In the same way HCs will also forward fund utilization
    certificates to NIC for settlement of accounts
       Stock Entry – e-Courts Assets
   At the time of inspection 3 copies of lists of items with
    sr.nos & addresses of DCs/Taluka courts will be generated
    Two copies of lists will be sent to HCs
    Items will be directly delivered at respective court complex
    After delivery at each location judge in-charge will sign
    delivery challans
    All delivery challans will be collected by vendor and
    submitted to HC
    HC will cross check each delivery challan with the
    consolidated list and paste the same in the stock register
    HC will forward only one consolidated certified delivery
    challan to NIC
    Same procedure will be followed for installation and
    certification for bill clearance.

				
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