The Supreme Court e-Committee has ensured that all High Court websites have captchas in order to make them accessible to Persons with Disabilities (PwDs), a press release by the Ministry of Law and Justice stated.
"The task of making the digital infrastructure of the Indian judicial system more accessible to persons with disabilities has been a core component of the work of the e-Committee, Supreme Court of India, in the last few months. A significant milestone that the e-Committee’s efforts towards this objective have yielded has been to ensure that all High Court websites now have captchas which are accessible to Persons with Disabilities (PwDs)", the press release said.
"These captchas serve as entry points to access several essential facets of a court website, such as judgments/orders, cause-lists and checking the status of cases. Many High Court websites were hitherto exclusively using visual captchas inaccessible to the visually challenged, making it impossible for them to access such content independently. In coordination with all High Courts, the e-Committee has now ensured that visual captchas are accompanied by text/ audio captchas making the website content accessible to the visually challenged" the press release further read.
In a letter to all High Court Chief Justices, Chairperson of the e-Committee, Dr Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, urged them to make their digital infrastructure accessible to persons with disabilities in conformity with the constitutional and statutory entitlements of the disabled and contained a series of structural interventions for all High Courts to undertake to this end.