Lawyers welcome live streaming of court verdict 

Mubarak Ansari
Thursday, 27 September 2018

While CJI Misra and Justice Khanwilkar pronounced a common judgement, Justice Chandrachud gave a separate, albeit concurring verdict. Live-streaming of court proceedings will effectuate ‘public right to know’ and bring in more transparency in judicial proceedings, the Supreme Court said.

Pune: The legal fraternity in Pune has welcomed the historic judgement of the Supreme Court for live streaming and video recording of court proceedings.
 
While CJI Misra and Justice Khanwilkar pronounced a common judgement, Justice Chandrachud gave a separate, albeit concurring verdict. Live-streaming of court proceedings will effectuate ‘public right to know’ and bring in more transparency in judicial proceedings, the Supreme Court said.

Advocate Shrikant Shivde said, “It is a very good decision and in fact, such mechanisms are already there in several foreign countries. It will also remove misunderstandings during the hearings.”

Advocate SK Jain welcomed the decision but pointed out the financial constraints faced by the courts. “The state/Central governments do not provide adequate funds to the court establishments for their day to day functioning. Therefore, financial aspects should also be looked into about the live streaming.”

Talking about privacy issues involved, advocate Aashutosh Srivastava said, “The SC’s judgement regarding live streaming while promoting transparency must be approached with prudence and care, for the tool that constructs may also erode the thin line between the right to privacy and the right to know. The framing of the guidelines must, therefore, take in to account the stakes of all parties involved.”

Professor Mukund Sarda, Principal of Bharati Vidyapeeth’s New Law College, Pune, added, “In a democratic system, every organ of the state will follow rule of law. 

Transparency and accountability is the essence of democracy and rules of law. It is a great step taken by the judiciary to strengthen the system of justice delivery system. It will help the law stakeholders be a lawyer or a judge or a law student to understand the court proceedings.” 

Advocate Vijayalaxmi Khopde believes it is a step towards digitisation and modernisation of the judiciary. “This is a welcome move with respect to ensuring transparency in judicial proceedings. This is a step closer towards digitisation and modernisation of judicial setup. In fact, steps towards digitisation are already taken. For example, in the much discussed Kopardi rape and murder case, the final arguments of the advocates were live audio recorded by the sessions court in Ahmednagar. This was done for the first time in the country for a sessions trial. 

Live streaming of judicial proceedings should come with caveats on the usage of these videos otherwise than for judicial purposes. Live streaming will not only ensure transparency but will also go a long way in increasing judicial literacy.”

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