Virtual court launched in Assam

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New Delhi (NVI): Chief Minister of Assam Sarbananda Sonowal has recently launched the Virtual Court (traffic) and e-Challan project in the state.

The initiative has been undertaken by Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Committee of Gauhati High Court in association with government of Assam and Assam Police, under the aegis of e-Committee of Supreme Court of India.

“E-challan solution is an initiative of the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) whereas the software has been developed by National Informatics Centre (NIC),” the Ministry Of Law & Justice said in a statement.

This will replace the present concept of manual challan with an electronically generated digital challan.

On the other hand, virtual court is an initiative of E-Commitee of Supreme Court along with Department of Justice, Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of India, the ministry said.

It is an online court being managed by virtual judge whose jurisdiction can be extended to entire state and working hours may be 24×7. However, there is no brick and mortar building of the court.

During a trial at Virtual Court, neither litigant shall come to the court nor will Judge have to sit physically in the court to adjudicate the case. The communication may only be in electronic form and the sentencing and further payment of fine or compensation will also be online.

Moreover, it may be proactive admission of guilt by the accused or proactive compliance of the cause by defendant on receipt of the summons in electronic form. On payment of fine, such matters may be treated as disposed off. Citizen neither have to wait in lines in courts nor have to confront Traffic Police man.

Due to virtual court in Assam, work of 10 judges will be done by only single judge thus sparing 9 Judges for judicial work, the statement noted.