May 27, 2019 marks a milestone in the judicial history of Pakistan. It’s when the Supreme Court has started hearing cases via e-Court — a system based on video-link connectivity. A three-member bench of the top court, headed by Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa himself, initiated proceedings of cases through the e-Court system. For the first time, lawyers of Karachi, argued their cases through a video-link and the bench at the principal seat in Islamabad heard and decided the cases. History is thus made.
The facility is helpful for both lawyers and litigants in several ways. It provides convenience to lawyers who can pursue their cases while remaining in the cities where the court’s branch registries are situated.