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Vikash Sharma

Supreme Court Chief Justice Uday Umesh Lalit on Saturday formally inaugurated paperless courts in 30 districts of Odisha at a special function in Cuttack. The paperless court is regarded as a step towards saving the environment and ensuring delivery of speedy justice.

Apart from the paperless courts, special postal cover celebrating the 75th Year of the High Court of Orissa was also released at the special function held at Judicial Academy in Cuttack.

The paperless courts were inaugurated in presence of Dr. Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice MR Shah, Judges of the Supreme Court of India and Orissa HC Chief Justice S Muralidhar.

In his address, S Muralidhar said, “The launch of paperless courts in districts as part of 75th year of High Court is a significant step in building a digital ecosystem which has already seen a launch of slew of measures in High Court and each 30 districts of Odisha.”

Official sources said soon touch-screen laptops will be provided to the judicial officers which will be used to conduct the paperless courts. It is pertinent to mention here that technology has improved the efficiency of the working of the judiciary in Odisha.

Shaking off the Covid-19 induced slowing down in 2021, the Orissa High Court in less than nine months in 2022 already disposed of 95,000 cases. At the same period, the district courts have disposed off three lakh cases. As far as digitisation of old records is concerned, the Orissa High Court has in the past year alone has digitised over 5 lakh case records. The corresponding cumulative figures of the four digitisation centres are around 3.5 lakh.

“The launch of the paperless courts in 30 districts of Odisha is a significant milestone in the growth of Indian Judiciary. The mission is to have not only a truly modern but a model judiciary in Odisha. The only aim is to provide better access and quality justice to the people,” said Chief Justice of Orissa High Court.

Difference between traditional court and paperless court

In a traditional court, case information is available to a judge through a case information system. The paperless court, as the name suggests, is a court that functions without the physical records where judges rely on digitised court records and use technology for facilitating the court proceedings.

A paperless court eliminates the need for physical records, inherent liability associated with storage congestion, risk of misplacement and retrieving documents.

In a paperless court, the entire case records are available to the judges in a portable device. It is more convenient to access relevant part of the record without browsing through the entire file.

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