In order to ensure that the State's lower judiciary functions more efficiently, the Calcutta High Court on Saturday distributed 1,000 laptops to the judicial officers in the State. .Chief Justice TS Sivagnanam, who presided over the event, emphasised that technology has become deeply rooted in the judicial dispensation system. "We have to unconditionally accept that we have to equip ourselves and keep abreast with time so that we aren't left behind. Computerisation of the court proceedings including filing procedure etc. has been a boon and has largely improved the disposal of cases and also for effective case management," the Chief Justice said.The Covid19 pandemic taught a very 'cruel' lesson to the judiciary, forcing it to adopt an alternative mode (virtual mode of hearing cases), he added."That is when the courts throughout the country had switched over to virtual mode in its entirety. During the period of pandemic effective disposal of cases had taken place. Even lower courts were able to function properly. This lesson that was taught to us during the tough times is here to stay and we have to sharpen our talents better. With this view in mind, the Computer Committee recommended best laptops for the judicial officers," he said..Chief Justice Sivagnanam further pointed out that the laptops which are being distributed to the judicial officers are of the 'best configuration' as they are of much better quality than the ones being used by the judges of the High Court."These laptops have the latest configuration. We have purchased these laptops at substantial costs (₹10.80 crore). Therefore, I want each one of you to take utmost care of the same and value them more than your personal assets. Ensure that these laptops help you in discharging your judicial and administrative functions," the Chief Justice concluded his address.