CJI launches e-Filing, e-Pay, and NSTEP applications to facilitate litigants and lawyers
The eCourts project Phase II is being implemented by the Department of Justice during 2015-19 under the guidance of eCommittee of the Supreme Court of India for Information and communication technology (ICT) enablement of all district and subordinate courts in the country.
Justice Dipak Misra, the Chief Justice of India, on August 23, 2018 launched three applications for the benefit of the litigants and lawyers during an event at the Supreme Court of India.
These applications are - e-Filing, e-Pay, and National Service and Tracking of Electronic Processes (NSTEP). These applications have been created under the eCourts project Phase II and developed under the leadership of Justice MB Lokur, Judge-in-charge of eCommittee, Supreme Court.
On the same occasion, the Union Minister of Law and Justice, Ravi Shankar Prasad released the brochures to increase awareness about eCourt initiatives and to enable litigants, lawyers and other stake holders to avail the services of all these initiatives.
• The ePay application is available at pay.ecourts.gov.in.
• It is a unified portal wherein facility to pay online court fees is provided.
• The platform is user friendly which can be used with very little self help.
• ePayment is a safe and secure, quick and easy way to pay court fees .
• At present, the facility will be made operational in two states - Maharashtra and Haryana.
• The OTP authentication provides secure way to financial transactions and one can get instant acknowledgement through SMS and print receipt.
The application is beneficial for the judicial administration since verification of court fees becomes more easy, secure and transparent and accurate figures of court fees collected can be generated for any court, district or State.
National Service and Tracking of Electronic Processes (NSTEP)
• NSTEP is another innovative application launched as part of the eCourts Project.
• It is a transparent and secure system for transmission of process from one location to another and will address delays in process.
• NSTEP will lead to secured auto generation of processes with unique QR Code through CIS, publishing processes on portal and transmission of processes to other court complexes.
• It offers facility to send electronic processes directly to registered mail of the addressee by secured mechanism; enables uploading of documents associated with process; and facilities like tracking GPS, obtaining photograph and on screen signature.
• The service will empower litigants with real time information relating to status of service of process and will entail litigants to take immediate follow up action which will reduce delays.
eCourts project Phase I
eCourts project Phase II
The eCourts project plays an important role in enabling Ease of Doing Business in the country through automation and technology enablement leading to generation of reports, and putting electronic case management tools in place for use by judges and lawyers.