By Sharvari Lohakare
May 11, 2020.
During the COVID-19 lockdown period, a virtual meeting was conducted on Sunday for the very first time by the Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad addressing all the major law personnel. The Attorney General and other law officers reiterated the need to strengthen the e-Courts system by managing the connectivity issues and properly training the lawyers in e-Courts management. The Law Minister also expressed that hearings via video conferencing might remain a standard for some time now considering the pandemic therefore it should be taken as an opportunity to make digital systems in justice delivery strong and directed e-Courts Committee of the SC to deal with the challenges and improve upon them. The virtual meeting was coordinated in the presence of the Attorney General of India Shri. KK Venugopal, Solicitor General Shri Tushar Mehta, all the Additional Solicitors General and Assistant Solicitors General, Secretary of Department of Legal Affairs and Secretary of Department of Justice. The meeting aimed at effective response system, denial of overzealous PILs, building trust in the decision making process of the Government, tackling the connectivity issues and training the lawyers for e-Courts filing. In this regard, the Secretary, Department of Justice has been asked to coordinate with SC e-Courts Committee and NIC with other effective agencies to gear up against the odds for an improved digital system.