The e-monitoring of court work titled as Court Monitoring System (CMS) was introduced in Vijayawada City in 2004. Prior to the introduction of this system, there were the usual problems associated with prosecution of criminal cases in the 14 courts of the Commissionerate like non-execution of summons/warrants, non-attendance of witnesses and investigating officers and delay in prosecution. After the introduction of the system, there was a quantum jump in the quality of police performance in the courts which resulted in overall improvement in the conviction percentage also.
Court Monitoring System (CMS)
The Court Monitoring System reduced the man power necessary for court work and ensured speedy liquidation of Pending Trial cases. The earlier monopoly of Court duty Police personnel is totally abolished and the entire court work is being monitored at all levels yielding to good results. Every day court work of each court is being monitored at CMS and whenever any lapse is noticed, it is being informed to the concerned SHO. Every week and month CMS submits reports with regard to the attendance of IOs to the courts, disposal of PT cases, service of summons, execution of NBWs, production of witnesses seeking the instructions of the Commissioner of Police. The IOs who fail to attend the courts to give their evidence are being called for explanation.
Recently, Laptops and internet dongles were given to the staff of CMS with the result the data regarding the court work was updated immediately inside the Court hall without any delay. SMS alerts are sent to I.Os informing the date of Court attendance in addition to sending Radio message. The SMS alerts also improved the attendance I.Os for giving evidence.
The CMS software module is able to allow the recording of all necessary and desired data and metadata pertaining to cases, to provide functionality to track the case and proceedings at all levels beginning from FIR, Under Investigation, Charge Sheet filling, Court proceedings and Final Judgment, tracking of filling Charge sheets, allow to track execution of Summons and NBWs and to provide a searchable database of all past Cases, Proceedings etc.
After the introduction of the system, there was a quantum jump in the quality of police performance in the courts which resulted in overall improvement in the conviction percentage viz., 62% in 2014, 60% in 2015 and 57% in 2016.