Live electronic exchanges to connect courts and police stations
20 December 2018
eCourts has now become interoperable with other pillars of the criminal justice delivery system with the inauguration of a pilot project on 15 December 2018 by Justice Madan B Lokur, chairman of Inter-operable Criminal Justice System (ICJS) and Judge-In-Charge eCommittee, Supreme Court.
The inauguration was done through video conferencing, through live electronic exchange of data between courts and police at Warangal in Telangana.
Inter-operable Criminal Justice System (ICJS) is an ambitious project aiming to integrate the Crime and Criminals Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS) project with the e-courts and e-prisons databases, as well as with other pillars of the criminal justice system such as forensics, prosecution, and juvenile homes in a phased manner.
The eCourts project, which aims at computerisation of district and subordinate courts across the country, has reached the final stages of implementation, achieving all the objectives of the mission mode project. The eCourts has now ICT enabled 16,755 district and subordinate courts around the country.
National Judicial Data Grid as an output of the project hosts a dynamic repository of over 100 million cases and provides case information online to all stakeholders. Delivery of citizen centric court case information services is now a reality, through web, email, SMS, mobile application, kiosks and Judicial Service Centres.
CCTNS, one of the pillars of the ICJS, makes police functioning citizen friendly and more transparent by automating the functioning of police stations. It provides the investigating officers with tools, technology, and information to facilitate investigation of crime and detection of criminals.
Alok Srivastava, Secretary (Justice), speaking during the event lauded the efforts of the eCommittee, National Informatics Centre and the Police Department of Telangana for integrating the two pillars. The integration between these two crucial pillars of the criminal justice delivery system, ie, courts and police stations, is central to the success of the Inter-operable Criminal Justice System. With the digital interoperability between courts and police achieved in Warangal , the stage is now set for all other districts of Telangana as well as other states to utilise the available IT systems in judiciary as well as police, and integrate both the pillars
Now courts can consume live data of FIR and charge-sheet from police. If FIR is ready in electronic form in system of police, ICJS interface will indicate to the court that about readiness to FIR data to be consumed. On consumption Court will get details of FIR Number, names of the accused, details of the offence, time, date, place of occurrence, details of arrest etc. Courts will be able to consume this live electronic data from police. In reciprocation, courts will send all remand details, bail details, property release etc to police. Police will be able to see the updates of each FIR and will also be able to see orders passed by the court in remand, bail or release of property.