Manual recording of evidence may soon be history in courts as panel mulls e-way

So that the statements recorded by witnesses,complainants and accused are legible,the Punjab and Haryana High Court has considering to record the evidence “electronically”.

Written by RAGHAV OHRI | Chandigarh | Published:September 11, 2012 1:29 am

SO that the statements recorded by witnesses,complainants and accused are legible,the Punjab and Haryana High Court has considering to record the evidence “electronically”.

A division bench headed by acting Chief Justice Jasbir Singh has referred the request of a person to frame rules regarding recording of evidence electronically in lower courts to its Computer Committee.

Once the Computer Committee,comprising high court judges,approves the idea,the decision will immensely benefit litigants in all the lower courts of Punjab,Haryana and Chandigarh.

Till now the evidence is recorded manually by the court staff and in some cases by the presiding judge. Owing to the heavy workload,the judgment writers or the readers have to note down the statements if the number of witnesses,on a given occasion,are more than one. Once recorded,a witness has to read the evidence and testify it by signing it.

The request to record the evidence through computer was made by Saravpreet Singh Gurna highlighting the difficulty faced by the lawyers and witnesses in reading the handwritten statements. Taking a decision on the judicial side,the court decided to take a considered decision on the administrative side.

The order,passed last week,reads: “The issue is dealt with by the high court on administrative side.

“Therefore,taking note of averments made,we dispose of the same and refer this petition to the Computer Committee for necessary action”.

Case status online

IN a separate development,the Punjab and Haryana High Court has made a provision for the lawyers and law officers to keep a tab on their case status online. Till now,all lawyers had to maintain a diary to record the next date of hearing of their cases. But now the court has made a provision by which the lawyers can submit list of details of their cases to the court. The computer branch will in turn prepare a file of their cases and give a password to the lawyers by which they can access their files online and get to know their case status.

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