Chief Justice of India NV Ramana unveiled the ‘Fast and Secured Transmission of Electronic Records’ (FASTER), a digital platform that allows the supreme court to send interim orders, stay orders, and bail orders to the appropriate authorities via a secure electronic channel. The online introduction of the FASTER programme was attended by CJI Ramana, Justices AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud, and Hemant Gupta, as well as Chief Justices and Judges of High Courts.
- The CJI has launched software to convey court orders quickly and securely via electronic means, a measure that will aid in judicial order transmission.
- He emphasised the importance of court orders issued by higher courts being safely communicated without tampering by outside parties.
- The initiative ‘FASTER‘ was initiated when a bench led by CJI Ramana took suo motu notice of delays in convicts’ release even after they had been granted bail, citing reasons such as non-receipt or non-verification of legal orders.
- The Registry, in partnership with the NIC, created the FASTER system on a war footing, according to a Supreme Court press release.
So far, 73 Nodal Officers have been selected at various levels to ensure that this system reaches all of India’s districts. By constructing a safe conduit, all Nodal Officers have been connected through a specific judicial communication network JCN.