During the course of a hearing on Thursday, Supreme Court Judge Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, who also heads the Court's e-committee, informed the lawyers present that he has told the concerned Registrar to provide the lawyers the same scanned copies of the files that are given to the judges.
"…from now on we will give members of the Bar the same scanned pages which come to us", Justice Chandrachud announced while he was struggling to find a document referred to by the Counsel.
He indicated that if the same documents are before the members of the Bench and that of the Bar, it would be convenient to 'be on the same pages'. Moreover, he noted that it might come as a relief for the Advocates, as they no longer would be inconvenience to carry piles of papers with them.
"You will all have scanned files so that you don't have to carry all these papers with you."
He quickly added that the Judges who are comfortable using hardcopies can continue referring to the physical copies of the petitions and documents.
On several occasions, Justice Chandrachud has been advocating that law keep up with technological advancements. Recently, at the Valedictory Ceremony of 1st All India District Legal Services Authorities Meet, Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, who referred to himself as a "self confessed geek on technology" delivered an address on the importance of technology in the judicial system. He had called upon his fellow brethren to ensure judicial institutions shed the resistance to adopt new means of technology.