Defining the Digital Paradigm of the Indian Legal System

  • Waniya Javed
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  • Waniya Javed

    Student at Aligarh Muslim University, India

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In the contemporary scenario, scientific and technological advancements have cloaked every corner of the activities associated with the routine life of human societies. In India, although technological advances have been under contemplation and scrutiny since the 1960s, they have marked a drastic shift in the pandemic and the post-pandemic era. The COVID-19 omens have contributed vehemently to the further utilisation of the existing technologies. Such technologies aided in the continuation of the routine of the man's life without causing any extreme nuisance to the daily life. It is not wrong to say that, if pandemic on one hand, holistically annihilated the structure of world societies, on the other hand, it advanced the technological know- how. These advancements are not confined to the arenas of giant Multinational Corporations (MNCs) or the tertiary sector, rather they have made rapid strides in the Indian Justice System. Since, the instances of crime and injustice never come to a pause, the need for the mechanisms to resolve and reconcile the wrongs done during the pandemic period and to decide pending cases before the courts incepted that leads to the vociferous usage of digital tools and platforms like Zoom. The incessant evolution of technological mechanisms, gradually paved the way for cyber or online crimes which was further intensified by the exclusive dependence on technology during the pandemic period led to an increase in the statistics of online crimes in India. This paper tends to analyse the reasons that led to the transformation of the Indian Judicial System from physical courtrooms to digital courtroom, from heaps of files to paperless filing. In the similar vein, the paper will analyse the impact of technological evolution and dependency during the pandemic period on the Indian Justice Delivery System from the lens of legal professionals. A threadbare perusal of the legal and regulatory framework shall reveal the legal nuances of the changing paradigms in the justice delivery system. The statistics provided by the international organisations for instance, The International Telecommunications Union will be relied upon to trace the changing trends.


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International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 6, Issue 4, Page 150 - 160


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