Union Cabinet approves to modify criteria to reconstitute E-Committee

August 8th, 2008 - 6:40 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Aug 8 (ANI): The Union Cabinet today gave its approval for modification of the eligibility criterion for appointment of Chairman of E-Committee with effect from February 1, 2008.
This decision will give the Chief Justice of India (CJI) a free hand in selection and appointment of Chairman and Members of the E-Committee by including the retired Judges of Supreme Court along with the retired Chief Justices and retired Judges of any High Court.
An E-Committee was set up in December 2004 to assist the CJI in formulating a National Policy on computerization of Indian judiciary and advise on technological, communication and management-related changes.
The E-Committee prepared a National Policy and Action Plan for Information and Communication Technology Enablement of the Indian Judiciary.
The Indian Judiciary comprises of nearly 15,000 courts situated in approximately 2,500 court complexes throughout the country. The total pendency of cases in these courts as on January 1, 2005 was 2,94,97,251.
To have an understanding of the attempts to introduce Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the Indian Judiciary, it is necessary to appreciate the events that led to the formation of the E-Committee.
In the Indian Judiciary, effort for computerization of some of its processes has been going on since 1990. Need was felt to make the programme of ICT enablement of Indian Judiciary mission-critical. There was an overwhelming realization in the judicial sector in favour of devising a Naional Policy and Action Plan with appropriate spread and phasing to implement ICT in courts across the country and their web-based interlinking. (ANI)

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