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Actively considering live broadcast of SC proceedings: CJI NV Ramana | India News

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NEW DELHI: Chief Justice NV Ramana said Thursday that he was “actively” considering the proposal to broadcast the Supreme Court proceedings live.
The CJI, however, said that before initiating concrete steps in this regard, it will seek general consensus among its colleagues at the highest level.
Ramana spoke at the launch of the request to grant media access to virtual Supreme Court proceedings.
Looking back on his days as a journalist, the CJI said that the media faced great challenges in reporting and came to learn that journalists relied on advocates for links to cover court proceedings.
Therefore, the creation of a mechanism was requested so that the press could attend the hearings, he said.
“I was a journalist for a short time. That time we didn’t have a car or bicycles. We used to travel by bus because we were ordered not to use the event organizers’ means of transportation,” he said.
Urging the media to use (application) resources responsibly and follow all Covid protocols, the CJI said the technology, particularly one that was recently developed, is sensitive and could be subject to some flaws in the early days. of its use.
“Small issues are likely to arise, which should not be magnified unnecessarily. I ask everyone to be patient, encourage and support the technical team to ensure the application runs smoothly. I hope that everyone will give the system the requisite time to evolve and expand.
“In addition, I would also like to highlight another feature that we are introducing today on the official website and mobile app of the Supreme Court. This new feature, called” Indicative Notes “, is intended to provide concise summaries of historical judgments in an easy way.” Understand the format. This will serve as a useful resource for people in the media and the general public who wish to be better informed about the Court’s judgments, “he said.
Regarding the granting of accreditation to people in the media, Judge Ramana said that he has instructed to further streamline the policy and that he was contemplating appointing a senior official to be the sole point of contact between the Court. Supreme and the media.
He thanked the Supreme Court Registry, and the entire technical team, for all their efforts in developing this application and instituting the “Note Notes” function in such a short time.
Judge Ramana said that this pandemic has affected everyone and shared that according to available data, 2,768 judicial officials and 106 Superior Court judges tested positive.
“On April 27, 2020, it was reported that the first employee of the Supreme Court Registry tested positive for COVID. To date, approximately 800 Registry staff members have tested positive. Six of our Registrars and 10 additional Registrars have tested positive in different Unfortunately, we lost three of our staff to COVID.
“As far as the Indian judiciary is concerned, according to the available data, 2,768 judicial officers and 106 High Court judges have tested positive. We have yet to receive the data from two major high courts. 34 judicial officers and three Honors Ble Judges of the Superior Court have lost their lives, fighting this pandemic. My heart goes out to the families and loved ones of those whose lives have been cut short by this pandemic, “he said.
Judge Ramana said that the switch to holding courts via video conferencing has not been an easy process and that judges have faced various problems when trying to hold hearings and decide cases.
“One of the issues that arose is related to the difficulties in accessing video procedures by the media. Previously, some provisions were made to allow the media to observe the proceedings at specific locations.
However, due to certain difficulties and issues, many people in the media had sent me requests to make changes to the system that would allow them to observe court proceedings more conveniently.
The CJI said that transparency is a principle enshrined in the judicial process in our country and that the hearings of the cases have always been carried out in public courtrooms, allowing access not only to lawyers and litigants in a case individual, but also the general public.
The only restrictions that were imposed earlier were due to space and security considerations, he said.
“Unfortunately, when COVID-19 hit, the systems that were previously installed could no longer be trusted. The judicial system has had to adapt quickly, so that the administration of justice does not stop in the country, “he said.
Judge DY Chandrachud said that many of those who made this application are our staff and they tested positive and all six were working on this.
“We hope that this facility that the CJI discloses will keep everyone safe. Journalists are highly exposed to the outside world,” said Chandrachud, who heads the Supreme Court’s electronic committee.
Judge AM Khanwilkar said the institution is paying by offering this small gift that will be appreciated in the long term, which is temporary now but may be permanent in the future depending on operational problems.
Judge Hemant Gupt also spoke on the occasion, saying that access to the media in court proceedings will increase transparency and cautioned that care must be taken when reporting.
There is a caveat that the links provided to you are genuinely used and used by unauthorized persons, he said.

Times of India

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