What happens when an overburdened Indian judiciary, with approximately 20,000 judges in trial courts, are handling more than 30 million pending cases? It leads to delays in adjudication. To accelerate reforms in the Indian judicial system, academic institutions are trying to work on providing a technology stimulus to the judicial system.
At the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, for instance, the DAKSH Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Law and Technology has initiated its first three projects titled ‘Evaluation of User Interface (UI)/ User Experience (UX) for select Indian High Court websites’, ‘Case Flow Management in India via Simulation Modelling’ and ‘Cheque Bouncing Case Analysis. About 5 faculty members, and over 10 students, including PhD research scholars are engaged at its CoE set up in October 2020. Post their stints, students can take up both advanced research as well as be of use to law firms that believe in rigorous data-based methods for their work and research.