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Punjab and Haryana High Court Launches e-HCR Website to Digitize Legal Judgments


 Chandigarh: Today marks a significant milestone in the digital transformation of the Indian judicial system as the Hon'ble Mr. Justice Gurmeet Singh Sandhawalia, Acting Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court, inaugurated the e-HCR (High Court Reporter) website, www.hcph.gov.in. This groundbreaking digital platform facilitates the search and access of all judgments reported by the Indian Law Reports (ILR) Punjab and Haryana series, aligning with the Supreme Court of India's vision for online High Court Reporters, inspired by the e-SCR initiative. The inauguration ceremony witnessed the esteemed presence of Hon'ble Mr. Justice Anupinder Singh Grewal, Chairperson of the Library, ILR, and Calendar Committee, along with distinguished members of the Council of Law Reporting, the Library, ILR, and Calendar Committee. The event was graced by the Hon'ble Judges of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and representatives from the High Court Bar Association. Joining virtually were all District and Sessions Judges from Punjab, Haryana, and U.T. Chandigarh, alongside representatives from their respective District Bar Associations. Established in 1875 following the enactment of the Indian Law Reports Act, the Indian Law Reports have been a cornerstone of legal reporting in India. The Punjab series, which began post-independence, evolved into the Indian Law Reports (Punjab and Haryana series) following the formation of the Haryana state in November 1966. Traditionally available in physical format, these judgments are now accessible online through the innovative e-HCR website. The e-HCR platform hosts an extensive repository of legal judgments, currently featuring 9,237 judgments, including 825 Full Bench and 3,870 Division Bench judgments. This user-friendly website allows users to search judgments using various parameters, making it an invaluable resource for judges, lawyers, and students. Significantly, the platform provides access to judgments in vernacular languages, with Punjabi for judgments from Punjab and Hindi for those from Haryana and U.T. Chandigarh, thereby enhancing accessibility for a wider audience. The meticulous efforts of one Editor and sixteen Advocate-reporters at the Punjab and Haryana High Court ensure the accuracy and availability of legal information on the e-HCR platform. Their contributions underscore the commitment to maintaining high standards of legal reporting. The launch of the e-HCR website signifies a leap towards transparency, efficiency, and accessibility in the legal domain, reducing reliance on physical documentation and enabling faster access to critical information for all stakeholders.

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