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Recently, The Supreme Court onboarded its case data on the National Judicial Data Grid. The NJDG portal is a national repository of data relating to cases instituted, pending and disposed of by the courts across the country.

About National Judicial Data Grid

  • National Judicial Data Grid (NJDG) is a database of orders, judgments and case details of 18,735 District & Subordinate Courts and High Courts created as an online platform under the eCourts Project.
  • Data is updated on a near real-time basis by the connected District and Taluka courts.
  • It provides data relating to judicial proceedings/decisions of all computerized district and subordinate courts of the country.
  • All High Courts have also joined the National Judicial Data Grid (NJDG) through web services, providing easy access facility to the litigant public.
  • Through the eCourts services platform using elastic search technology, currently litigants can access case status information in respect of over 23.81 crore cases and more than 23.02 crore orders / judgments pertaining to these computerized courts as on date.
  • Case data is available on NJDG for both civil and criminal cases with the ability to perform drill-down analysis based on the age of the case as well as the State and District.
  • NJDG works as a monitoring tool to identify, manage & reduce pendency of cases.
  • It helps to provide timely inputs for making policy decisions to reduce delays in disposing of cases and helps in reducing case pendency.
  • It also facilitates better monitoring of court performance and systemic bottlenecks, and, thus, serves as an efficient resource management tool.
  • To track cases related to land disputes, Land Records data of 26 States have been linked with NJDG.
  • World Bank praised the National Judicial Data Grid in the Ease of Doing Business report for 2018, that it made possible to generate case management reports, thereby making it easier to enforce contracts.
  • In consonance with the National Data Sharing and Accessibility Policy (NDSAP) announced by the Government of India, Open Application Programming Interface (API) has been provided to the Central & State Government to allow easy access to the NJDG data using a departmental ID and access key.
  • This will allow the institutional litigants to access the NJDG data for their evaluation and monitoring purposes.
  • It is proposed to expand the facility to non-institutional litigants as well in future.
  • Recently, reasons for delay have been included in NJDG. The inclusion of feature specifying the reasons for delay on the NJDG portal has the potential to keep a proper track on issues which the judiciary faces while adjudicating cases and consequently enables them and the decision makers to take various steps in the direction of redressing the burgeoning pendency of cases.
  • Apart from that, individual reason for delay highlights the problems at a granular level, which otherwise would be cumbersome to be tracked upon and thereby remedied.

Who runs the NJDG?

  • The NJDG was built as part of Phase II of the e-Courts project, which is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme.
  • With over 18,735 courts computerised across the country, the data is integrated with the NJDG.
  • The platform has been developed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC) in close coordination with the in-house software development team of the Computer Cell, Registry of the Supreme Court with an interactive interface and analytics dashboard.
  • Currently, litigants can access case status information of 23.81 crore cases and more than 23.02 crore orders/judgments.


Source: https://indianexpress.com/article/explained/everyday-explainers/national-judicial-data-grid-explained-8940972/