The judicial system in India is an interconnected web of court complexes and establishments. It's a multi-tier system of 674 District courts, 25 State High courts, and the Supreme Court - all working together to bring justice to the 1.3BN citizens of this country. Information around new case registrations, pending and disposed case details creates a massive data pool of legal data
Data management, standardization and accessibility are some huge challenges and rarely there are cases where people cite these platforms for conducting important legal research on important topics of Case pendency and Case-law analysis, etc. This coupled with the stories of judicial corruption in the media has fueled a low level of trust in the Collegium. Current research is highly fragmented and is powered by data provided by some closed source tools which makes it extremely difficult to validate and conduct reproducible research
We envisage an ‘Open Judicial Data Platform’ that makes it easy for researchers to get access to a range of information - making it possible to research about the oldest case while still accessing the latest court judgements - and takes the burden of data cleaning off their shoulders, thereby ensuring that they spend their time building the narrative. By building data tools on top of this data, we close the information loop by making it easier to digest these research pieces by other stakeholders, eventually increasing their scope to participate in the legal process.
I would like to share some insights:
On the process of creating this platform with our partners including legal researchers, lawyers and data scientists
overcoming the barrier of understanding the legal space
handling data and tech challenges using open tools and frictionless data packages
and making the platform available to a diverse set of user classes.
As one of the use cases of the platform, I would also like to demonstrate a case study where we used open source entity recognition tools such as Spacy on the text of legal judgements to understand the juvenile justice activity in the country