eCourts in Punjab - another boost for eChallan

From our Punjab correspondent Shri Sarbjeet Singh
Punjab, August 17, 2019: Ushering in a new era of e-Courts, the Chief Justice of Punjab & Haryana High Court, Justice Krishna Murari, has launched the first Virtual Court at Faridabad through video conference.The Virtual Court at Faridabad would be dealing with traffic challan cases of the entire State of Haryana. It is aimed at eliminating presence of litigants in the Court and online adjudication of cases.

While launching the project, the Chief Justice interacted with the District & Sessions Judge, Faridabad through video conference and laid emphasis on successful implementation of the project. On the occasion, the Chairman of the Computer Committee, Justice Dr Ravi Ranjan as well as the Members of the Committee, Justice Surinder Gupta and Justice BS Walia were also present, apart from other Hon’ble Judges of the High Court.

The project has been launched under the guidance of the e-Committee of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, and the software has been developed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC).  

Launches Virtual Court at Faridabad
Chief Justice of Punjab & Haryana High Court, Justice Krishna Murari, in the Virtual Court can be viewed launches Virtual Court at Faridabad
Under this project, the cases received in the Virtual Court can be viewed by the Judge along with automatic computation of fines on the screen. Once the summons is generated and the accused gets notified on email or SMS, the accused can visit the Virtual Court website and search the Case by providing the CNR Number of the case or Name of the Accused, or even by the Driving License Number.
Once the accused pleads guilty online, the fine amount will be displayed and the accused may proceed to pay the fine. On successful payment and realization of the fine amount, the case is automatically disposed of. When the accused does not plead guilty, such cases are remanded to the Regular Courts with the respective territorial jurisdiction.

The Virtual Court will reduce the burden on regular Courts. The entire process of disposal will happen online in hours. Footfalls in the courts will be reduced considerably as the accused need not visit the court for pleading guilty.