“Steps need to be taken to make eCourts accessible to specially-abled”: Justice DY Chandrachud writes to CJ’s of high courts

23 dec 2020

“Steps need to be taken to make eCourts accessible to specially-abled”: Justice DY Chandrachud writes to CJ’s of high courts

There is a high time where we need to move towards accessibility to e-courts services, remarked by the supreme court’s eCommittee.
A letter has been addressed to the Chief Justice’s of the high court’s situated all over India by justice DY Chandrachud, Supreme Court judge and chairperson of the eCommittee of top Court remarking the suggestions and highlighting the urgent need of having accessible infrastructure, including the digital ecosystems and enabling physically challenged lawyers as well as litigants who would participate in the legal profession in keeping equality in the mind.
The letter posted by the Chief Justice stated that, the creation of accessible infrastructure which includes digital infrastructure, and all appropriate support system in the judiciary for lawyers and litigants with disabilities is essential in order to create an equal level. This responsibility is a natural duty which ought to be followed as it is guaranteed under right to equality that everyone is equal in the eyes of law, the litigants are also being subjected against the right to practice & profession of one’s choice under article 19(1)(g) of the Indian constitution.
It is stated that the Supreme Court website now has a fully functional audio captcha, lately these functions were not visible or applicable which made the disables dependent on someone else. This marks as a most significant step which has adopted by the Supreme Court.
It is suggested by that the Hugh courts should take certain steps to make filings and their websites more accessible, so that the disabled could use it without any dependence.