“The right of access to justice includes the right of access to ongoing judicial proceedings”; SC e-Committee publishes draft rules for live broadcasts”

The Supreme Court electronic committee has released its draft model rules for live streaming and recording of judicial proceedings and is encouraging all stakeholders to submit suggestions and input by June 30, 2021 or earlier. Judge DY Chandrachud has written to the chief judges of all higher courts, sharing the draft rules and asking for input and suggestions for better implementation of live streaming of legal proceedings across India.

The press release states that the electronic committee “ensures a judicial system that is more accessible, efficient and fair for all those connected to the judicial administration system” and that the “right of access to justice guaranteed by Article 21 of the constitution includes the right of access to ongoing judicial proceedings “. In order to promote greater transparency, inclusion and access to justice, priority was given to the project of broadcasting judicial proceedings live, so that access to proceedings also in matters of public interest was tackled the interest of citizens, journalists, civil society, academics and law students possible in real time.

The press release also notes that a subcommittee was formed consisting of the Supreme Courts of Bombay, Delhi, Madras and Karnataka rules and the confidentiality of litigants and witnesses, matters related to one another In connection with trade secrecy, prohibiting or restricting access to any procedure or judicial process required by central or state legislation, and in some cases to serve the wider public interest due to the sensitivity of the case, has a balanced normative framework for the Live -Transmission and recording of legal proceedings.

The Electronic Committee, the Supreme Court of India, works with the Government of India’s Justice Department under the National Policy and Action Plan for the Implementation of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Indian Judiciary.

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