Top Court for live-streaming of court hearings, says it will give access to justice

Top Court for live-streaming of court hearings, says it will give access to justice

Previous year, in a bid to ensure transparency, the top court allowed the installation of CCTVs to record proceedings in trial courts.

New Delhi: The Central Government on Monday backed live streaming of judicial proceedings inside the Supreme Court. A Bench of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud agreed in principle to live stream court proceedings.

Attorney General K K Venugopal suggested that the apex court may start with the CJI’s court and then extend it to the rest of the courtrooms. The Bench asked AG Venugopal to submit holistic guidelines which the court may adopt.

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Previous year, in a bid to ensure transparency, the top court allowed the installation of CCTVs to record proceedings in trial courts.

In January, senior Top Court advocate Indira Jaising filed a plea seeking live streaming of judicial proceedings in the apex court on matter of constitutional and national importance.

She said the system was already in place in western countries. If live streaming of top court’s proceedings is not possible, then alternately the video recording should be allowed, she said.

A PIL, filed by a law student, has also sought a direction for setting up of live streaming rooms within the Supreme Court court premises and granting access to legal interns. The plea, filed by Swapnil Tripathi, a student of National Law University in Jodhpur, has asked for requisite guidelines to facilitate witnessing of proceedings for the interns.

                                                              

(with Inputs From news agency PTI)

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