SC Bench Headed by CJI reserves verdict on pleas seeking live streaming of court proceedings

Team SoOLEGAL 24 Aug 2018 4:30pm

SC Bench Headed by CJI reserves verdict on pleas seeking live streaming of court proceedings

The Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra today reserved its verdict on a bunch of pleas seeking live streaming of court proceedings.

During the hearing, Attorney General KK Venugopal submitted Centre’s recommended guidelines on the matter, as the top court had asked him to do earlier.

The AG reiterated a suggestion that he had made in the SC in July that the live streaming of important cases in the CJI’s court as well as the Constitution bench references can be live-streamed on an experimental basis.

Read more: AG Venugopal suggests SC to live stream constitutional matters heard by CJI

The success of this project will determine whether or not the said process can be implemented in other courts, the AG further added.

The Attorney General also said that it may be “advantageous to build an appropriate infrastructure for live-streaming or audio/video recording of court proceedings to enable the court proceedings to be viewed without the constraints of time or place”, as reported by Live Law. Doing so would uphold the tradition of “open justice”, Venugopal said.

Venugopal also suggested that a “media room” with essential infrastructure in the court premises should be allotted, as it can help decongest courts.

The court may also issue guidelines to safeguard and limit the broadcasting and recording of its proceedings to ensure better access to justice, the recommendations said.

The Centre also recommended prohibiting the broadcast of proceedings in cases involving matrimonial matters, matters relating juveniles and matters of national security, sexual assault, etc.

The bench, which also had Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud, agreed that the suggested practice would help implement the concept of open courts which would eventually help reduce the crowd at the courts.

The live streaming can also be of use for academic purposes, the SC bench said. 

Tagged: Live Streaming of Court Proceedings   Attorney General KK Venugopal   Venugopal   Chief Justice Dipak Misra   Supreme Court  
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