DIGITAL PLATFORM FASTER
DIGITAL PLATFORM FASTER
Why in News?
Recently, Chief Justice of India (CJI) launched the digital platform FASTER (Fast and Secured Transmission of Electronic Records).
It is a digital platform to communicate interim orders, stay orders, bail orders etc., of the Supreme Court to authorities concerned through a secured electronic communication channel.
There have been cases where jail inmates are not released despite bail orders passed by the Supreme Court due to delay in communication of such orders.
So, it was needed to utilise information and communication technology tools for efficient transmission of court’s orders.
Ensure that undertrials are not made to wait for days on end behind bars to be released because the certified hard copies of their bail orders took time to reach the prison.
Undertrials are the people who are yet to be found guilty of the crimes they have been accused of.
It will help in preventing unnecessary arrests and custody of people even after the court had already granted them its protection.
Ensure fundamental rights of personal liberty, life and dignity of the prisoners which is given under Article 21 of Constitution of India.
The availability of internet connection in jails across the nation as without this facility transmission of such orders to prisons will not be possible.
Other Initiatives launched by Supreme Court
‘SUPACE’ - The Supreme Court has also launched other programmes involving technology like Artificial Intelligence (AI) based portal ‘SUPACE’ in the judicial system aimed at assisting judges with legal research.
- It is a tool that collects relevant facts and laws and makes them available to a judge.
- It is not designed to take decisions, but only to process facts and to make them available to judges looking for an input for a decision.
- Initially, it will be used on an experimental basis by the judges of Bombay and Delhi High Courts who deal with criminal matters.
- It will produce results customized to the need of the case and the way the judge thinks.
- This will be time saving. It will help the judiciary and the court in reducing delays and pendency of cases.
- AI will present a more streamlined, cost effective and time bound means to the fundamental right of access to justice.
- It will make the service delivery mechanism transparent and cost-efficient.
eCourts Mission Mode Project - It is a pan-India Project, monitored and funded by the Department of Justice, Ministry of Law and Justice, for the District Courts across the country.
The objective of the project is to provide designated services to litigants, lawyers and the judiciary through ICT enablement of courts.
It was conceptualized on the basis of the “National Policy and Action Plan for Implementation of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the Indian Judiciary-2005” submitted by e-Committee, Supreme Court of India with a vision to transform the Indian Judiciary by ICT enablement of Courts.
The e-Courts Mission Mode Project, is a pan-India Project, monitored and funded by the Department of Justice, Ministry of Law and Justice, for the District Courts across the country.
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