Telangana & Uttarakhand allows Mobile Courts to record Evidence from remote locations

Team SoOLEGAL 11 Oct 2021 1:16pm

Telangana & Uttarakhand allows Mobile Courts to record Evidence from remote locations

NEW DELHI: Telangana and Uttarakhand have become the first Indian states to implement mobile Court units, which allow witnesses and victims, including women and children, to record testimony from remote locations when they are unable to appear in person before a court.

The goal is to allow on-demand recording of evidence of women and children victims or witnesses, doctors and medical practitioners, and investigation officials.

The mobile Court unit service is designed for subordinate courts.

According to the Department of Justice in the Law Ministry, the mobile Court units are outfitted with CCTV cameras, computers, a printer, LED TV, web camera, inverter, scanner, UPS, an extra monitor and speaker, and can visit the victim or witness on the spot.

"Witness or other person, including an accused, involved in court proceedings, in such circumstances where there is an explicit or implicit threat to such a witness or person's personal safety; or, it is impossible, extremely difficult, expensive, inconvenient, or otherwise not desirable for such a witness/person to attend a Court in person," is eligible to use the mobile Court facility, according to details available on the District Court Chamoli website in Uttarakhand.

People, who are incapable or prevented from attending the Court in person due to tender years, extreme old age, disease or infirmity of the body, or any other similar reason, may use the facility.

According to the website's eligibility criteria, "such person may also be allowed to testify or make submissions through video conferencing through the mobile court units, if they are unable to present in person owing to administrative & work circumstances, including remoteness of their work locations."

The SOP states unequivocally that the mobile court unit shall be regarded as an extension of the Court, whose proceedings are being handled by such a unit.

"Accordingly, the proceedings conducted through such Mobile Court Unit shall be conducted as judicial proceedings in a Court, with observance of same courtesies & protocols, applicable to the dignity of a Court" it states. 

Tagged: Telangana   Uttarakhand   Mobile Courts   remote locations   investigation official   Department of Justice   Law Ministry   cameras   computers   printer   LED TV   web camera   inverter   scanner   UPS   District Court   Chamoli  
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