New Delhi: The Supreme Court today asked
lawyers to be Internet savvy to help smoothen the processing
of petitions for quick hearing, particularly in commercial
The apex court said the use of e-mails by advocates and
the apex court registry during the course of pendency of
matters would help in reducing the arrears as the delay in
judicial proceedings are due to late servicing of the
documents to the contesting parties.
"Fifty per cent of the pendency is on account of delay in
service," a Bench headed by Chief Justice S H Kapadia said
while directing the apex court registry to send additional
notes and other documents through e-mail.
The Bench, also comprising Justices K S Radhakrishnan and
Swatanter Kumar, said that while filing petitions, affidavits
and other document, advocates can submit the soft copy to the
registry through pendrives or CDs by furnishing the e-mail IDs
of the respondents etc.
"This could start forthwith in the commercial matters,"
the Bench said while clarifying that this was only an
additional way of filing and would not disturb the prevailing
practice of filing the hard copies of documents.
The court gave its suggestion in the presence of Attorney
General G E Vahanvati who welcomed it and made a statement
that the Cabinet Secretary will provide the e-mail IDs of all
the government departments along with the names of the nodal
officers to the apex court registry within two weeks.