CJI announces the beginning of a service to deliver judgments starting on Republic Day in various scheduled languages

CJI announces the beginning of a service to deliver judgments starting on Republic Day in various scheduled languages

On Wednesday, Chief Justice of India D Y Chandrachud unveiled the Supreme Court service, which will begin publishing apex court decisions in a number of Indian scheduled languages on Republic Day.

As soon as the bench came together for the day, the Chief Justice informed the attorneys that the Supreme Court would begin making decisions in several scheduled languages accessible for free as part of the electronic Supreme Court Reports (e-SCR) initiative on Thursday.

"We have an elastic search function and the e-SCR (PROJECT), which now contains around 34,000 judgements. Additionally, we now have 1,091 verdicts in regional languages that will be released on Republic Day tomorrow "CJI said.

He said, "We have 52 already in Tamil, 14 in Marathi, 4 in Assamese, 4 in Assamese, 17 in Kannada, 29 in Malayalam, 3 in Nepali, 4 in Punjabi, and 3 in Urdu.

According to the CJI, the supreme court is "on a mission" to make its rulings available in all languages listed.

Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, Bodo, Santhali, Maithili, and Dogri are among the 22 languages included in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution.

The e-SCR project's rulings are accessible through the judgment portal of the National Judicial Data Grid, the supreme court's website, and its mobile app (NJDG).

On January 2, the supreme court announced the commencement of the electronic Supreme Court Reports (e-SCR) initiative, which would provide attorneys, law students, and the general public free access to its approximately 34,000 rulings.

"Lawyers all around the nation may use this service for free. Juniors under 18 are exempt from payment. A capability for elastic search exists. The following notable judgments will be added into the search engine in the coming weeks as we work to improve it "CJI had said.

As of right now, he had said, the judgments rendered up to January 1, 2023, will be made accessible.

In court, attorneys use legal publications, such as the "Supreme Court Reports," to cite published judgments that support their arguments.

The Electronic Supreme Court Reports (e-SCR) project was started as a way to make the rulings of the supreme court available in digital form, exactly as they appear in the official Supreme Court Reports legal report.

The National Informatics Center helped the Supreme Court create a search engine that uses elastic search technology in the e-SCR database and offers options for free text search, search within search, case type and case year search, judge search, year and volume search, and bench strength search, according to the statement.