On Friday, the Kerala High Court launched its digitized "paperless certified copy service" to provide online certified copies of orders/ judgments to advocates and litigants.
To avail this facility, Advocates will have to register on the E-courts portal and login to it. They may select the desired order, be it an interim order or a final judgment, after entering the relevant case number. The copy may be obtained after depositing the requisite fees electronically.
As per a statement issued in this behalf,
"Once the Advocate submit the details and pay the appropriate fees electronically, the message goes to the concerned section of the High court instantly. The High court section affixes the digital signature and now the certified copy is ready."
It is intimated that at each stage of this process, an SMS will be sent to the concerned Advocate's mobile so that he/she is apprised with the current status of the certified copy application.
Once the certified copy is ready it, will be shared with the Advocate concerned through his registered Email. It can also be accessed through the Advocate's user account at any time.
Earlier, in the offline regime for obtaining a certified copy, the Advocates were required to submit a physical application and had to wait for days.
The present procedure to the contrary, is fairly simple and enables door-step delivery of certified copies, which is especially crucial during the impending threat of the pandemic.
Last year, the Indore Bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court became the first court in the country to provide online certified copies to advocates and litigants. Earlier this year, the District and Sessions Court of Jabalpur has become the first district court in the country to provide the facility of online certified copies to advocates and litigants, to enhance the "ease of doing business".