Total computerisation of courts, likely to be put in place by the middle of 2010, would completely change the judicial system in the country, Chief Justice of India, K G Balakrishnan, said here today.The Rs 600-crore computerisation programme was in full swing, as recommended by the e-committee headed by retired Judge Balasubraniam.Under the programme, laptops have been provided to 15,000 courts, 877 High Court Judges and 26 Supreme Court judges, he told reporters here.
The courts and judges would have internet connectivity and they will be linked by a software developed by the NSE, (National Stock Exchange). The entire network would be ready in two years, he said.The main problem being faced by the judiciary was disposal of cases, he said and pointed out that there are 3.50-crore cases pending in various courts in the country.
There are 48,000 cases pending in the Supreme Court alone, an increase of 23 per cent over the last year, the CJI said, adding that the nation has only 13,600 judges of the actual requirement of 15,000 judges, leaving 1,600 posts vacant.Asked about forming more courts, he said the government has decided to set up 4,000 more courts, particularly village courts, which are likely to be in place in two to three years.He said state governments have to cooperate more in opening family courts and CBI courts."We have started evening courts in cities to try petty cases, the main purpose of which is that daily wage earners should not lose their earnings by attending daily courts," Balakrishnan said.