SC to use e-court system for the first time in history

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ISLAMABAD: The apex court will, for the first time in history, make use of the e-court system under which its registries in provinces will be connected to the Supreme Court’s principal seat in the federal capital.

A statement from the Supreme Court’s media wing said that the new system would help in disposing off legal matters pertaining to individuals and organizations in the provinces.

The e-court system would be used initially to connect the apex court’s principal seat in Islamabad with the Supreme Court Branch Registry, Karachi.

According to the system, advocates in Karachi who have their cases fixed with bench no.1 in court’s principal seat may argue their cases in a courtroom at the court’s registry in Karachi, which will be connected to Courtroom no.1 in Islamabad.

Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa will preside over a three-member bench who will hear the cases on Monday by using this facility.

“Supreme Court of Pakistan will start e-Court system from next week on Monday, i.e. 27.05.2019. It is for the first time in the judicial history of Pakistan that courts will be connected through application of latest video-link connectivity,” read a statement from the Supreme Court.

Analysts are of the view that by connecting registries of the Supreme Court with the principal seat of the judiciary, cases will no longer fall victim to delays and adjournments.

This will benefit advocates as they will no longer have to plead their cases in the principal seat of the judiciary. Litigants will also not have to travel to Islamabad and can stay in their respective cities.

This system can be efficient in clearing backlogs and help improve disposal of cases. It is a cost-effective system that will improve efficiency, said jurists.