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AI-driven research portal for Supreme Court is launched

  • Category
    Polity & Governance
  • Published
    13th Apr, 2021

The Supreme Court unveiled its Artificial Intelligence (AI) portal SUPACE which is designed to make research easier for judges and for easing their workload.

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The Supreme Court unveiled its Artificial Intelligence (AI) portal SUPACE which is designed to make research easier for judges and for easing their workload.

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What is SUPACE?

  • Smart tool: Supreme Court Portal for Assistance in Court's Efficiency (SUPACE), is an AI tool that helps in collecting the relevant facts and laws to make them available to judges.
  • Information provider: The portal is not to make judgments rather search and process the information available to the judges for making them good decisions.
  • Efficient: It is aimed to assist judges in legal research by making it more efficient, methodical, and systematic.
  • Reduction in delays: It will help in reducing the delays and pendency of cases.
  • First of its Kind: The initiative is the first of its kind in the world to enhance the efficacy of judges and the judiciary.
  • Threat: The automated decision-making by some of the AI systems abroad is one of the threats in influencing judicial orders.
  • The loss of certain posts after its introduction is also being considered a concern.
  • Digitally sound: This is one more effort to make the court procedure digital in the line with the e-court project.
  • Committee: The project is launched based on the recommendation of the AI Committee formed in 2019 which was headed by Justice L Nageswara Rao.

Other IT projects in Judiciary

National Policy and Action Plan for Implementation of ICT

  • The E-Committee headed by RC Lahoti was formed in 2004 and formulated the National Policy and Action Plan for Implementation of ICT in the Indian Judiciary in August 2005.

e- Court Project

  • The e-Courts project was conceptualized based on the “National Policy and Action Plan for Implementation of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the Indian Judiciary in 2005.
  • It is a Pan-India mission that aims to digitalize the courts.
  • The project is implemented through the Department of Justice, Ministry of Law, and Justice.
  • Towards taking initiation in this direction the e-Courts National portal was also launched in 2013.
    • The portal provides Case Status, daily Cause-list, Cases Filed and Cases Registered through the Case information System (CIS) Software.

The main objectives of the e-Court Project are as follows:

  • To provide efficient & time-bound citizen-centric service delivery.
  • To develop, install & implement decision support systems in courts.
  • To automate the processes to provide transparency of Information access to its stakeholders.
  • To enhance judicial productivity both qualitatively & quantitatively, to make the justice delivery system affordable, accessible, cost-effective & transparent.
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