Monday, January 31, 2011

Bar libraries to go digital - Times of India

Times of India - Chandigarh -

Presently running into reams of paper, Indian law inscribed in colossal books, journals and law reporters and ready referencer, including decisions of the privy council, is on the brink of going paperless. In a major development, all bar libraries of the subordinate courts of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh will be digitalized by the state bar council of Punjab and Haryana.

Once implemented, this technology is all set to percolate down to all district and sub-division courts of both the states and UT.

According to the proposed project, which would be launched in Haryana from second week of February, initially all district-level bar associations will be given two computers and at the sub-division level, one computer along with the latest available law software would be provided. For this, state bar council has entered into agreement with top companies of the country to provide best legal software.

Chairman of the state bar council of Punjab and Haryana, Gurinder Pal, said the digital libraries will be equipped with latest legal software with record of 4-5 lakh cases, including cases up to privy council.

According to state bar council officials, approximate cost of the project for both the states and Chandigarh would be from Rs 1.5 cr - 2 crore. The project would be launched from February 11 at Sector-37 based Law Bhawan, where the chief minister of Haryana would formally announce the launching. All presidents and secretaries of various subordinate bar associations of Haryana would be given necessary equipment and software. The project would be launched in Punjab in the next phase.

The project has been launched with the help of Rs 25 lakh contributed by the bar council and the remaining fund would be collected from the state governments.

Gurinder Pal further informed that digitalization of bar libraries was need of the hour as it would not only help them in instantaneous preparation of the case, but also provide immediate accessibility to landmark judgments and bare acts of various laws.

"With this, working style of young lawyers would become more convenient and user-friendly and they need not sift through pages of thick law books for ready reference," he said.

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 Bar libraries to go digital - The Times of India

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