High Court of Sikkim
Introduction and Background of the High Court of Sikkim
Prior to its merger with the Union of India in the year 1975 by the Constitution (Thirty Sixth Amendment) Act, 1975, the erstwhile Sikkim was under a monarchy. The King who was popularly known as “the Chogyal” was the fountainhead of justice, whose words was the law. Under the then administrative set up, there was no place for an independent judiciary. The judicial procedure being followed then was very simple and free from legal technicalities. The Courts were dispensing substantive justice based on the principle of justice, equity and good conscience. Lawyers were not allowed to appear in the Court.
The administration of justice in Sikkim in the last century was being carried out by the Feudal Landlords (Adda Courts), Jongpons (District Officers). Pipons (Headmen) and Mandals with the Chogyal at the top.
In 1909, Kazis, Thikadars and Lamas were invested with judicial powers by a State Council resolution. They could try civil suits up to the valuation of ₹ 500/-.
In 1916, Appellate Court by the designation of Chief Court was created with jurisdiction to try important original suits and also to hear appeals against the decisions of the Adda Courts. read more
Overview of E-Courts Project
The eCourts Project was conceptualized on the basis of the “National Policy and Action Plan for Implementation of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the Indian Judiciary – 2005” submitted by eCommittee, Supreme Court of India with a vision to transform the Indian Judiciary by ICT enablement of Courts.
Ecommittee is a body constituted by the Government of India in pursuance of a proposal received from Hon’ble the Chief Justice of India to constitute an eCommittee to assist him in formulating a National policy on computerization of Indian Judiciary and advise on technological communication and management related changes.
The eCourts Mission Mode Project, is a Pan-India Project, monitored and funded by Department of Justice, Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of India for the District Courts across the country.
The project envisages:
- To provide efficient & time-bound citizen centric services delivery as detailed in eCourt Project Litigant’s Charter.
- To develop, install & implement decision support systems in courts.
- To automate the processes to provide transparency in accessibility of information to its stakeholders.
- To enhance judicial productivity, both qualitatively & quantitatively, to make the justice delivery system affordable, accessible, cost effective, predictable, reliable and transparent.
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STEERING COMMITTEE, HIGH COURT OF SIKKIM
DISTRICT LEVEL COMPUTER COMMITTEE
District Level Computer Committee (East)
1.District & Sessions Judge (East) at Gangtok.
2.Civil Judge-cum-Judicial Magistrate, East at Gangtok.
3.District Informatics Officer, NIC, East at Gangtok.
4.System Administrator, Eastat Gangtok.
District Level Computer Committee (North)
1. District & Sessions Judge (North) at Mangan.
2. Civil Judge-cum-Judicial Magistrate, North at Mangan.
3.District Informatics Officer, NIC, North at Mangan.
4.System Officer, Technical Manpower under e-Court Project, North at Mangan
District Level Computer Committee (South)
1.District & Sessions Judge (South) at Namchi.
2. Civil Judge-cum-Judicial Magistrate, South at Namchi.
3.District Informatics Officer, NIC, South at Namchi.
4.System Administrator, South at Namchi.
District Level Computer Committee (West)
1.District & Sessions Judge (West) at Gyalshing.
2.Civil Judge-cum-Judicial Magistrate, West at Gyalshing.
3.District Informatics Officer, NIC, West at Gyalshing.
4.System Officer, Technical Manpower under e-Courts Project, West at Gyalshing
The achievements and best practices evolved in the High Court of Sikkim
Other Service Delivery Platforms in the Court Complexes of Sikkim
- Information kiosks with Screen Reader facility
- Display Boards
- Video Conferencing Facility
- eFiling and ePayment
- e-Sewa Kendras
HIGH COURT OF SIKKIM
Gangtok, East Sikkim