Litigants harrowed by their pending cases may have one less errand to run. The Bombay high court’s new case status enquiry using SMS will now inform them about their case status on their cell phones.
The days of going to court to find out whether a case has been admitted or disposed of may soon become history as the service, which will be inaugurated on August 15 by chief minister Ashok Chavan, will bring the information to your mobile phone.
The litigants should send their queries to the cell number 09212357123 in a prescribed format and the reply SMS with the information about the case status will be received instantly, said the registrar of the Bombay high court, ML Gilani. The format would incorporate the bench, case type, and case number. The information about the format is available on the Bombay high court website.
The SMS service is being developed with assistance of National Informatics Centre and is in addition to the service already in place over the internet (the high court website — http/bombayhighcourt.nic.in) and over phone (22673090).
The press release issued by the high court said that the SMS service would in future also include the certified copy status information and the information of the current case being heard in court rooms.
Lawyers practising in the high court would also be provided with a web portal in the official high court website shortly where they can open a user account and provide contact information along with the sanad (advocate registration) number.