Former Union minister and senior advocate Salman Khurshid said on Saturday that there was a need for e-courts and video conferencing facilities in the high courts of the country for a robust justice delivery system. He was speaking at a conference on ‘Use of Technology in Courts and Liberalisation of the Indian Legal Profession’ at the Indian Law Institute (ILI) in New Delhi.
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“My ambition is for e-courts and video conferencing in important High Courts of the country so that we could have arguments, if not for the final disposal of cases, at least for admission hearings. “The argument that we have today is between the haves and have nots, rich and poor, enabled and non-enabled in various fields like education, medicine and other fundamental areas of human existence, which remind us that there is a problem in justice delivery system in India. Therefore, there should be a system which enables all to file cases through the use of technology,” he said.
The senior Congress leader also rooted for ‘liberalisation’ of the legal profession. “With little effort from budding lawyers and universities, law practitioners could be persuaded to support liberalisation,” Khurshid said, adding that it will provide ample opportunities to lawyers. The inaugural session of the conference was held by the National Law University (NLU) in association with Australia’s Deakin University.