The Chief Justice of India, Justice DY Chandrachud on Wednesday speaking at the virtual inauguration ceremony of a new administrative block and various initiatives including a mobile application and virtual justice clock of the Calcutta High Court.
The CJI in the ceremony said that lawyers should be allowed to use electronic devices such as iPads and laptops inside the courtrooms as they are not watching movies on it.
“A young junior or a young lawyer or any lawyer for that matter working on an iPad within the pressings of the courtroom should be allowed to work on it so long as they’re not watching movies on the on the iPad, on their laptops. But we must trust people”.
Justice described an incident where an usher had rebuked a lawyer for using iPad in the court room.
“Just the other day I heard a grievance from a young junior who was working on her iPad in a courtroom in one of our premier High Courts. While working on her iPad, the usher of the court came to the young junior and said, ‘you have to switch off your iPad because this is not in accordance with the discipline of the Court.’ I said that we are carrying our discipline too far”.
CJI said in the current stage, lawyers find it easy to access case details on mobile phone which makes judiciary system more accessible.
“Mobile phones are now ubiquitous in society. I remember an era when mobile phones were banned in many courtrooms and here we are today releasing a mobile application for the High Court. But we have to be kind on ourselves just as we have to be kind on the members of the bars and the litigants. Litigants will find the application very useful. The citizenry is able to afford mobile phones more easily than they can afford desktops or laptops. They will find it far easier to use the mobile app than the web browser. In these small ways, technology makes the justice system more accessible to all”.
“Upgradation of the website will ensure that it remains user friendly including for those who are physically challenged”.