PM Modi Inaugurates Supreme Court’s Diamond Jubilee Celebration

PM Modi Inaugurates Supreme Court’s Diamond Jubilee Celebration


On January 28, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Diamond Jubilee celebration of the Supreme Court of India at its auditorium in Delhi.

  • During the event, he launched several citizen-centric information and technology initiatives, including the Digital Supreme Court Reports (Digi SCR), Digital Courts 2.0, and a new bilingual website.


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Prime Minister’s Address and Emphasis on Constitutional Values:

  • PM Modi congratulated the gathering on the commencement of the Supreme Court’s 75th year and noted that the Constitution of India was also entering its 75th year.
  • He praised the Supreme Court for its role in upholding fundamental principles of freedom, equality, and justice, which have had a profound impact on individual rights and freedom of speech.

Government’s Commitment to Judicial Access and Infrastructure Development:

  • PM Modi reiterated the government’s commitment to ensuring access to justice, particularly in remote areas, through initiatives like the E-Courts Mission Project’s third phase.
  • He acknowledged infrastructure challenges and announced the recent approval of Rs 800 crore for the expansion of the Supreme Court Building Complex.

Digital Initiatives and Modernization of Legal Framework:

  • Expressing satisfaction with digital initiatives such as Digital Supreme Court Reports and real-time translation using AI, PM Modi stressed the importance of laws reflecting both Indian values and modernity.
  • He highlighted the government’s efforts in abolishing outdated colonial laws and introducing new legislation to meet contemporary needs.

Vision for a Developed India and the Role of the Supreme Court:

  • PM Modi outlined the government’s initiatives, including the Jan Vishwas Bill and alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, aimed at fostering a robust legal framework.
  • He emphasized the collective responsibility of citizens in realizing India’s vision of becoming a developed nation by 2047 and recognized the significant role the Supreme Court will play in shaping the country’s future.

The e-Courts Integrated Mission Mode Project :

  • The e-Courts Integrated Mission Mode Project is a part of the National e-Governance Plan, initiated in 2007 to develop Information and Communications Technology (ICT) capabilities within the Indian Judiciary.
  • Implemented in collaboration with the e-Committee of the Supreme Court of India and the Department of Justice, the project has undergone two phases:
    • Phase I, carried out from 2011 to 2015, laid the foundation for ICT development.
    • Phase II, initiated in 2015, focused on computerizing various District & Subordinate courts.
  • Phase III of the e-Courts Project has been conceptualized, with a finalized Vision Document approved by the eCommittee, Supreme Court of India. It envisions a judicial system that is more affordable, accessible, cost-effective, predictable, reliable, and transparent for all stakeholders.
  • Phase III introduces several new features, including:
    • Implementation of Digital and Paperless Courts to digitize court proceedings.
    • Establishment of Online Courts to minimize physical presence of litigants or lawyers.
    • Expansion of Virtual Courts beyond handling Traffic Violations cases.
    • Utilization of emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Optical Character Recognition (OCR) for case analysis and forecasting future litigation trends.
  • The objective of Phase III is to modernize and streamline the judicial process, leveraging technology to enhance efficiency, accessibility, and transparency in the delivery of justice across India.