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Draft Rules for Live-Streaming Court Proceedings

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  • June 10, 2021
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Draft Rules for Live-Streaming Court Proceedings

Part of: GS Prelims and GS -II – JUdiciary; Governance

In news

  • Recently, the Supreme Court has released the Draft Model Rules for Live-Streaming and Recording of Court Proceedings.
  • The Rules are part of the National Policy and Action Plan for implementation of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the judiciary.
  • The Supreme Court in Swapnil Tripathi v Supreme Court of India (2018) had ruled in favour of opening up the apex court through live-streaming.
  • It held that the live streaming proceedings are part of the right to access justice under Article 21

Key features of the Draft Rules

  •  All proceedings in high courts can be telecast except for cases relating to matrimonial disputes, gender-based violence, those involving minors. 
  • The final decision to allow the Live-streaming of the Proceedings or any portion thereof will be of the Bench.
  • Court proceedings can be archived for six months.
  • The rules also prohibit recording or sharing the telecast on media platforms, including social media and messaging platforms, unless authorised by the court.

Benefits

  • Justice delivery system will become affordable, transparent, speedy and accountable by limiting the paper filings.
  • It can be time saving

Concerns:

  • Lack of technical manpower in courts and awareness 
  • Cyber security threat.
  • Issues of privacy may arise.
  • Infrastructure, especially the internet connectivity is also a big challenge 

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