Legal department mulls e-summons
to reduce pendencyAhmedabad: In keeping with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Digital India initiative and buoyed by the results of the e-challan system started by the traffic department, the state's legal department has decided to issue e-summons in criminal cases.
With an aim to eradicate irregularities in the present system of delivery of summons by police which often adds to the pendency cases, the legal department issued a notification on February 3, stating that a system would be put in place by next year where summons would be issued through fax or email.
The notification states, "In exercise of the powers conferred by the Code of Criminal Procedure, the legal department has formed Gujarat Service of
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It further reads, "An officer authorised by the court may control, supervise and scrutinise the work relating to issue of summons by process server. He will report to the court within two days of date of issue of summons."
A web-based software would be devised for the same and process servers would be provided training in each district before appointment. Information will also be collected under prescribes formats of 'Know your accused' and 'Know your witness', it reads.
Anil Kella, member of Gujarat Bar Council, said, "e-summons would ensure that a person gets a summon even if he is out of the town. It will also save time and manpower. Police can focus on other work."
Kella said, "Though not everyone has access to internet, the move would help judiciary. Looking at present prospects, I can say that it is implementable up to 20-30%."
Bharat Shah, secretary, Ahmedabad Criminal Court Bar Association, said, "At least 5,000 summons are issued by criminal courts in Ahmedabad everyday. Not all of them reach the accused and the witness, which adds in pendency of cases."
"The new move will ensure speedy justice to the victims," he added.
Why was it required
There has been an increase in cases where summons return to the court and trial could not be started leading to pendency.
The chief metropolitan magistrate court had recently even formed a committee to look into the matter and find solutions after directions from the high court.
E-summons would save time.
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