Judgments to be available online with specimen signatures

Litigants do not have to wait for a week to get a copy of the judgment pertaining to their case, as the portal will soon upload judgment with specimen signatures of the judge of the court.

Written by Swati Mahajan | Chandigarh | Published: July 30, 2016 1:00 pm
Lawyers, litigants and court staff rushed outside following the shooting in the courtroom Wednesday. (Source: Express photo by Prem Nath Pandey) Photo taken for representation purpose (Express photo by Prem Nath Pandey/file)

In the next six months, litigants do not have to wait for a week to get a copy of the judgment pertaining to their case, as the portal will soon upload judgment with specimen signatures of the judge of the court.

Though the courts are presently uploading judgments, they are without the signatures of the judge concerned and the litigant cannot file an appeal in the case. Starting this facility can be beneficial in communicating the bail orders to the police.

District and sessions judge of district courts, Sector 43, Balbir Singh said, “In another six months or so, we will upload signed copies of judgments and daily orders. It will come as a major relief to people especially in case of bail orders. When the facility of having specimen signatures of the judge who has pronounced the orders online will start, the bail orders can be emailed to the office of Senior Superintendent of Police which will hence ensure immediate release of the accused person who is behind bars. This is because the police authorities will received a signed copy and they can be released on bail immediately on the basis of orders received online.”

This exercise will save a lot of paper and the litigants do not have to visit the copy branch time and again as they will get a signed copy online soon after the orders are pronounced, he added.

Criminal lawyer Matvinder Singh said, “Any added facility is always welcome. We are presently happy that the judgments are uploaded immediately after the orders and if it is a signed copy it is a feather in the cap. In short it is a good move.”

When a litigant, Mohim Sharma, a resident of Chandigarh was informed about it, he asserted, “I am a senior citizen and have been coming to the courts pertaining to my civil cases for last ten years. It used to be really tiring for me to walk up to the fourth floor and make rounds at the copy branch to take a copy. I used to prefer to give some money to the clerk of my lawyer. Now, if the signed copy is going to be online it is a welcome move.”

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