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The Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court, Justice Krishna Murari launched the first virtual court at Faridabad through video conferencing. The virtual court will deal with traffic challan cases of the entire state of Haryana. It is aimed at eliminating the presence of litigant in the court and adjudication of the cases online. The project will be launched under the guidance of e-Commerce of the Supreme Court of India.

The process followed in Virtual Courts

Under this process, the cases received in the virtual court can be viewed by the judge along with automatic computation of fines on the screen. Once the summon is generated and the accused gets the information on email or SMS, accused can visit the Virtual Court website and search the case by giving CNR number of the case or the name of the Accused, even by Driving License number. Once the accused pleads guilty online, the fine amount will be displayed and accused may proceed to pay the fine. On successful payment and realization of the fine amount, the case may be automatically disposed of. When the accused does not plead guilty, such cases are remanded to the Regular courts with the respective territorial jurisdiction. 

Benefits of Virtual Courts

These virtual courts will reduce the burden of the Regular courts. The entire process of disposal will happen online in hours. This will save time and reduce costs. Footfalls in the courts will be reduced considerably as the accused need not visit the court pleading guilty. Justice Murari has shown a keen interest in launching this project at its earliest for the benefit of all the stakeholders in the justice delivery system.