Draft Rules for Live-Streaming Court Proceedings
Part of: GS Prelims and GS -II – JUdiciary; Governance
- 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.
- Justice delivery system will become affordable, transparent, speedy and accountable by limiting the paper filings.
- It can be time saving
- 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