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The Supreme Court’s e-committee is now set to incorporate components of artificial intelligence and blockchain technology for the Ecourts Project Phase III. The artificial intelligence committee and the Ministry of Law and Justice developed an AI-backed tool called Supreme Court Vidhik Anuvaad Software (SUVAS) to translate legal papers from English into vernacular languages and vice versa.
In April 2021, the Supreme Court launched its first AI portal Supreme Court Portal for Assistance in Courts Efficiency (SUPACE ), to leverage machine learning in dealing with huge chunks of case data. Built by ManCorp Innovation Labs, the tool collects relevant facts and laws and makes them available to a judge.
Besides helping with legal research and translating judicial papers, the Supreme Court committee has considered utilising AI to track cases, particularly old ones. Cases involving senior individuals, women, and underrepresented groups present significant challenges. The application of AI can aid in the efficient administration of case flow and tracking, as well as the facilitation of policy decisions.
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The committee also has said that, given the geography, topography, complex customary laws, local special laws, and the high number of cases, it is necessary to investigate the advantages that machine learning and artificial intelligence can bring to the administration of justice. According to the National Judicial Data Grid, 4.86 crore cases are pending at the high courts and district courts in India.
The E-Courts Project came up with the goal of upgrading Indian courts through ICT (Information and Communication Technology). The Ministry of Law and Justice’s Department of Justice oversees and finances the pan-Indian programme.
The use of AI will streamline, reduce costs, and shorten the process of exercising the right to get justice. Since it has the power to lower delays and case pendency, it will transparently and economically improve the service delivery process.