At a time when there is a great advocacy on lessening paper work in our courts, Justice DY Chandrachud has said that a Constitution bench will preside over will “green bench” initiative and requested for promoting no paperwork culture in Indian courts. Hence, no physical documents should be submitted there. “We’ll maintain this bench entirely green to ensure that there are no papers. Do not carry papers, said Justice Chandrachud while addressing the attorneys. When a lawyer mentioned difficulty using technology, Justice Chandrachud said that staff from the Supreme Court Registry and the IT cell is also available to train attorneys on every Saturday and make them learn how to deliver their judgements electronically.
Justice MR Shah, who was also on the bench said that “We also got training, someday you have to start.”
Justice Chandrachud continued, “The Secretary-General and the director of the IT Cell are experts in technology and they mentioned that they are willing to instruct the seniors on how to use technology on Saturdays. The bench thereafter gave the Registry instructions to scan paper books and make them available to the bench and the parties.
“If you can successfully argue in court, you can do this with ease. Technology is not for beginners”, Justice Chandrachud said .
The court fixed October 11 as the preliminary date for hearing in the Delhi-LG case. The bench stated in the order that “proceedings shall be conducted in a paperless atmosphere.” Paper books would be scanned and made available to the bench and the parties through Registry.
Meanwhile, Constitution Bench is making a hearing on the validity of Section 6 A of the Citizenship Act as well as on the validity of extending benefit of reservation and nomination in the Legislative Assembly under Article 334 those cases which are of mor than the original period of operation, which is 10 years presently including other cases are being heard by this Constitution Bench in addition to the Delhi-LG matter.