Inter-Operable Criminal Justice System

Inter-Operable Criminal Justice System
  • Inter-Operable Criminal Justice System (ICJS) is a national platform for enabling the integration of the main IT system used for the delivery of Criminal Justice in the country by five pillars.
  • The ICJS project aims to connect the five pillars of the system which are:
    • e-police,
    • e-Prisons for prisons,
    • e-Courts for courts,
    • e-Forensics for forensic labs, and
    • e-Prosecution for public prosecutors.
  • Earlier, the main pillars of ICJS were developed independently in form of the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and System (CCTNS).
  • It seeks to enable the seamless transfer of data and information among different pillars of the criminal justice system, like courts, police, jails and forensic science laboratories, from one platform.
  • This system would be made available through a dedicated and secure cloud-based infrastructure with high-speed connectivity.
  • National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) will be responsible for the implementation of the project in association with the National Informatics Center (NIC).
    • The project will be implemented in collaboration with the States and Union Territories.
  • Phases:
    • Phase-I: individual IT systems implemented and stabilized; the search of records enabled;
      Phase II: the system is built on the ‘one data one entry’ principle for seamless data transfer

What is the Significance of the Inter-Operable Criminal Justice System (ICJS)?

  • This system connects more than 16,000 police stations across the country.
  • It has a database of 28.98 crore police records that can only be accessed by law enforcement agencies and the judiciary.
  • With the aid of the ICJS platform, the metadata of FIR and charge sheet can be accessed by all the High Courts and subordinate courts.
  • Documents like FIR, case diaries and charge sheets are uploaded by police in PDF format for utilization by the courts.

Latest News

  • 17 April 2023
    • The Ministry of Home Affairs in India has added a new feature to its e-prosecution portal that aims to ensure the timely disposal of criminal cases and fix the accountability of government lawyers.


  1. The Hindu

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