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Gujarat High Court constitutes 2 judge committee to decide on the matter of live streaming of virtual court hearings [READ ORDER]

Lawstreet Journal 28 Jul 2020 10:45pm

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The Gujarat High Court recently made significant remarks on the matter of providingopen-access to court hearingsbeing conducted through video conferencing. The bench comprised of Chief Justice Vikram Nath and Justice JB Pardiwala while disposing of the PIL seeking live streaming of virtual court hearings said:

“To observe the requirement of open court proceedings, the members of the public should be allowed to view the court hearings conducted through the video conferencing, except the proceedings ordered for the reasons recorded in writing to be conducted in-camera.”

The response was provided on a plea file by a third-year law student of Nirma University, Pruthvirajsinh Zala which stated that the present system of virtual hearings whereby the video link to proceedings is shared only with the Advocates concerned is “inaccessible” to the public at large including litigants, media personnel and law students, etc.

The judges appreciated the petitioner’s efforts to raise such an important issue and informed that the committee of judges had already been constituted to take up the issue on the administrative side.

The bench said “For the purpose of working out the modalities to facilitate the people at large including the media to watch the virtual hearing, a committee of two Honourable Judges of this High Court has been constituted pursuant to the decision taken by the standing committee in its meeting held on 25th June 2020.

...Once the report is received, the further action to allow access to the public at large including the media persons of print digital and electronic media shall be… Continue Reading...


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