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After CCTVs In Court Rooms, Get Ready For Live Streaming Of Court Cases

CCTVs to curb underhand dealings in Court

In Pradyuman Bisht vs. UOI, the Supreme Court pointed out that CCTV cameras are the culture of the day and promote good governance.

It directed that all Tribunals, including the ITAT, should have CCTVs with audio recording.

It, however, clarified that the footage of the CCTV Camera will not be available under the RTI and will not be supplied to anyone without permission of the concerned High Court.

Now, live streaming of court cases

In the latest move, a Supreme Court Bench, comprising of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, has agreed in principle that live streaming of court proceedings is permissible and feasible.

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 has asked the learned Attorney General to submit holistic guidelines which the court may adopt.

The Court has also called for suggestions from the Bar and the litigants.

According to experts, live streaming of cases will have two advantages.

First, it will enable the litigant to know whether his advocate argued the case properly and put forth all the points to the Bench.

Second, it will curb the tendency of the Bench to steamroll counsel and conduct hearings in an abrupt manner. The judges will feel compelled to patiently listen to counsel and diligently note down their submissions.

Example of live streaming of court cases

There is a channel called “Law & Crime Network Live Stream” which does live streaming of Court cases.

Also, for the first time in court history, the trial of the Jayalalitha case was streamed live.


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