Bhubaneswar: Justice Uday Umesh Lalit, Chief Justice of India, inaugurated Paperless Courts in the 30 districts of Odisha through virtual mode at the Odisha Judicial Academy in Cuttack on Saturday. A Special Postal Cover celebrating the 75th Year of the High Court of Orissa was also released on this occasion.
The need for paperless courts was envisioned keeping in view the high backlog of cases in Indian Courts over the years as a result of the courts’ growing workload. A significant portion of the delay is attributed to the cumbersome paperwork that makes up the foundation of the court system. As case files and other documents pile up for years together, it becomes difficult to organize them due to a lack of manpower and storage space.
The innovative concept of paperless courts has been tested in the Supreme Court and different high courts to address the issues and provide speedy justice. A paperless court functions without physical records, where judges rely on digitized court records and use technology for facilitating court proceedings. A paperless court strives to modernize the work process of the judiciary by eliminating the need for physical records and the inherent liabilities associated with storage congestion, and the risk of misplacing and retrieving documents.
Today’s event was also graced by Chief Justice of Orissa High Court S Muralidhar, judges of the Supreme Court Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice MR Shah, judges of Orissa High Court, and other dignitaries.