The Union Cabinet has approved the third phase of eCourts Project as a central sector scheme with a financial outlay of Rs 7,210 crore to be implemented over four years.
The Phase II of the project has concluded in 2023.
The eCourts Mission Mode Project is the prime mover for improving access to justice using technology.
As part of the National eGovernance Plan, the eCourts Project is under implementation since 2007 for ICT enablement of the Indian Judiciary.
The e-Courts Phase-III aims to usher in a regime of maximum ease of justice by moving towards digital, online and paperless courts through digitization of the entire court records including legacy records and by bringing in universalization of e-Filing/ e-Payments through saturation of all court complexes with e-Sewa Kendras.
It will put in place intelligent smart systems enabling data-based decision making for judges and registries while scheduling or prioritizing cases.
The main objective of the Phase-III is to create a unified technology platform for the judiciary, which will provide a seamless and paperless interface between the courts, the litigants and other stakeholders.
Citizens who do not have access to technology can access the judicial services from eSewa Kendras, thus bridging the digital divide.
Digitisation of court records also enables processes to become more environmental friendly by minimising paper-based filings and reducing the physical movement of documents.