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Pradeep Pattanayak

Senior judge and Chairperson of the Supreme Court’s e-Committee Dr Justice D. Y. Chandrachud inaugurated the e-filing version 3.0 at the auditorium hall of Odisha Judicial Academy in Cuttack on Saturday. 

Chandrachud also rolled out Vulnerable Witness Deposition Centres & Virtual Courtrooms and Odisha Judicial Workflow Automation System during the occasion. The new version will also be available in various district and taluka-level courts.

The e-filing version 3.0 - an advanced version of e-filing software, developed by the NIC under the aegis of the e-Committee, Supreme Court of India, aims to be more convenient and effective for advocates and litigants. 

Notably, Orissa High Court is the first High Court in the country to implement this version of e-filing in the country. 

Once running, the new version will allow virtual courtrooms go a long way in saving energy, money and time. These apart, the distance will no longer be an issue as trials can be conducted anytime anywhere regardless of where the judge, advocates, witness or the accused are present.

Among others, Orissa High Court Chief Justice Dr Justice S. Muralidhar, judges of the Orissa High Court, the office bearers of the High Court Bar Association were present at the event. The Chief Justices of other states also took part in the event through virtual mode. 

Justice DY Chandrachud praised the initiative spearheaded by Orissa High Court Chief Justice S Muralidhar with the support of the State government.

e-Filing system is a complete end to end solution developed for online filing of plaints, written statements, replies and various applications related to cases. Both Civil and Criminal cases can be filed before any High Court or District Court of the country. It is designed in Bilingual (English and local language) to reach wider group covering advocates/litigants, describes eFiling Services-eCourts website. 

e-Filing system provides several benefits. Here are some of them:-

Save time, money, travel of advocates and clients

Obviate the need to physically visit the court

Reduce the need of meetings between clients and advocates

Automatic digitization of case records

Positive impact on environment by reducing paper footprint

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