More Information on Indlii

Today’s Hindu has a useful piece on what is going to be covered in the new Indian Legal Information Institute:

The India Legal Information Institute’s new website providing free of cost all legal information, including judgments of the Supreme Court, High Courts, tribunals and even district courts, “has now become fully operational.”

The institute was committed to

collecting legal information about India from all available sources;

publishing it on the Internet with free and full public access;

granting the public rights to use legal resources without any restriction;

creating awareness of the availability of free legal resources;

removing hurdles to providing information and

coordinating with other institutions to explore sources and utilisation of legal information.

Initially all judgments of the Supreme Court of India, including the old and recent judgments are available. All High Courts are to be phased in. At present, judgments of the Allahabad, Calcutta, Bombay and Delhi High Courts are available. The decisions of the Central Administrative Tribunals and district courts, and case schedules from the Supreme Court and High Courts, would also be made available soon.

The website also will have Central and State Acts and the Constitution of India.


  1. It may be apropos here to note here that Pakistan last month inaugrated an “e-justice” program to make laws available online to the country’s bar associations. It seems that the program won’t permit public access. It’s not entirely clear which “laws” will be made available in this way; one assumes that Pakistan’s laws will be available, and one of the pieces in the Pakistani press talks about international law as well. If Pakistani lawyers have access to the internet, they ought to be able to access much of the latter anyway. All of this via Peter Suber, who, by the way, picked up on Simon Chester’s recent piece on the search engine fuss in Guam.

  2. Yes – I saw the announcement from Islamabad, and thought to blog it, but then Google revealed that the government had already pre-announced this twice before.

    So I wanted to wait until there actually was some content, not government vapoursites.