E-filing 3.0 Module Launched by the Supreme Court Allows Client, Advocate and Court to Complete the Proceedings Virtually

SUPREME COURT

Dr Justice Dhananjaya Y. Chandrachud, Judge, Supreme Court of India and Chairperson, e-Committee of the Supreme Court, inaugurated an e-Filing 3.0 module to allow electronic filing of court documents, through a virtual event.

The e-filing 3.0 module, introduced by the e-Committee of the Supreme Court, allows electronic filing of court documents. With the introduction of the new module, there will be no need for lawyers or clients to visit the court premises for filing of a case. The filing process can take place even when the court, client and lawyer are at three different locations. “Lawyers sitting in their own office can do the entire exercise without travelling. And the project system was completed in a record time of 6 months,” Dr Justice Dhananjaya Y. Chandrachud, Judge, Supreme Court of India and Chairperson, e-Committee said during the unveiling of the e-filing module. The e-filing portal aims to aid in the work of the lawyers by:

  • Providing readymade templates for drafting. The templates can help advocates in quickly drafting their pleadings. These pleadings can be uploaded and shared with the clients who can e-sign them from their homes.
  • The new module will allow a litigant submitting the documents to video record their oath.
  • The portal will let lawyers add their colleagues and juniors as partners and allow all of them to work on a case collectively.
  • The portal will provide a portfolio management and case planner tool which will help track developments across respective cases.

“For instance, a bank manager is located in Agra, the advocate is based in Lucknow but the case it to be filed in Gorakhpur. All three can collaborate on the e-filing 3.0 module which is being created by the NIC to ensure they can collaborate and represent their case.”- said Justice DY Chandrachud.

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