The Supreme Court Observer (SCO) tracks certain high impact cases from inception to completion before the Court. The primary criterion for the selection of cases will be their potential to affect ordinary lives.
All tracked cases contain the following:
To improve accessibility, the Observer provides plain English descriptions of:
The Phase II of the Supreme Court Observer (SCO ) is a revamped site, with new pages added to it. The core of the Project remains tracking of significant cases of the Supreme Court from a non-partisan viewpoint.
I.Home Page – This is a user-friendly, navigable interface to Supreme Court Observer.
Sample Page :Home Page
The menu lists 6 pages – Cases, Judges, Court Explained, Beyond the Court, Court In Review, Court By Numbers.
II. Cases – From 2016 to mid-2018, the Supreme Court Observer team has tracked 27 cases.
The new ‘Case Page’ aims to provider better navigability experience with respect to a case. The various features of the Case Page are:-
Sample Page - Constitutionality of Aadhaar Case
III. Judges – This page provides a short but detailed judicial biography of both sitting and retired Judges of the Supreme Court.
Under each Judge, the team traces the trajectory of their elevation to the Supreme Court, maps various landmark judgments delivered during their tenure and lists tracked cases where they are part of the bench.
Sample Page – Chief Justice Dipak Misra
IV. Court Explained – This page has three subsections – Court Overview, Legal Glossary and Court Procedure.
Sample Page: Court Procedure
V. Beyond The Court – Curation of interesting readings on the cases and Institution of Supreme Court. This section weighs in the views of various stakeholders and public intellectuals on the happenings of the Court.
The page branches into three subsections:-
SamplePage: Beyond the Court
VI. Court in Review - this section is an attempt to understand the origins and evolution of key underlying ‘concepts’ in the Constitution. The evolution of specific concept is explained through reliance on historical constitutional documents and multiple case laws in a chronological manner.
Sample: Right to Privacy -This is explained through multi-layered navigation. First, is the simple explanation of concept; second is showcasing the evolution of the concept and third-page links to specific judgments or the debates in the Constituent Assembly.
VII Court By Numbers – This page captures Supreme Court through use of easy statistical tools – like graphs, bar charts, pie diagram. This is a quantitative exercise which helps in engagement beyond the specificity of individual cases, hearings and judgments. The focus is on looking and understanding Supreme Courts through statistical tools.
Sample Page : Court By Numbers