Supreme Court Allows Live Streaming of Proceedings in Select Cases
Moneylife Digital Team 26 September 2018
The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the plea for live streaming of its proceedings in select cases.
 
Upholding a batch of petitions, a three-judge bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud directed for framing of rules to regulate the live streaming.
 
A pilot project will start with a telecast of proceedings of the Chief Justice Court.
 
Justice Khanwilkar, also speaking for Chief Justice Misra, pronounced the judgement. Justice Chandrachud pronounced a separate but concurring judgement.
 
It will help in people not relying on second-hand information, encourage legal education and put the system under the sunlight, the Bench said.
 
Earlier in July this year, the Bench had favoured to broadcast live hearing of important cases in the apex court. Responding to this, the Union government had said it will set up a separate channel, if the apex court decides.
 
Hearing two public interest litigations (PILs) filed by senior advocate Indira Jaising and Swapnil Tripathi, a student of Jodhpur-based National Law University, the apex court also sought suggestions from members of the Bar Association on this live streaming of Court proceedings. "The experimentation will begin with the Supreme Court and we will devise guidelines for it," the Bench said.
 
Attorney general KK Venugopal submitted that all court proceedings should be streamed live not only the Constitution Bench matters. He told the Bench that the government would set up a dedicated channel on the lines of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha TV if the Court decided to go for live telecast of its proceedings.
 
Reacting on the developments in the apex court about live streaming, advocate Jamshed Mistry, who is also special invitee of Moneylife Foundation, had said, "This is a big day for transparency and accountability in the judiciary and really welcome development."
 
Advocate Mistry together with Amrish Kilachand had joined the PILs through in intervention application (IA) asking for introduction of legal transcription of Court proceedings for all Courtrooms in India, similar to what they have in Canada, the US, UK, Australia and other developed nations. 
 
They used Section 12 of the Persons with Disabilities Act, which talks about access to justice, as base for their IA. Advocate Mistry says, "The Section talks about depositions that should be in a format accessible to a person with disabilities. For example, how will a person with hearing disability understand or interpret the court hearings. In such matters transcription comes handy."
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