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Cong MP moves bill to record all SC proceedings and making them public

At present, the proceedings of the apex court are available in public domain in text format after each hearing

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Supreme Court
Supreme Court

has moved a bill proposing recording of all proceedings and making them available online to the public.

The prescribes digital recording of the court proceedings and making them available online.


At present, the proceedings of the apex court are available in public domain in text format after each hearing.

However, as the proceedings are lengthy and the arguments involved complex, the rationale behind the judgement becomes difficult for the common man to understand, Satav said.

He also said some of the expressions of the opposing view on the bench are lost in plain text format.

"Adding two more sensory sources for information--audio and video--will increase the effectiveness as well as the speed of dissemination of legal information, both to the legal fraternity as well as the common public at large," he added.

This can be preserved only through visual archives, he said, adding, "visual medium will also help in setting illustrations of exemplary legal conduct. It will also enhance the faith and respect of common man for the judiciary".

As per the bill, the central government after consulting with the chief justice should establish a 'Secretariat'.

The secretariat would work under the overall supervision of the chief justice and the government would appoint officers and employees to ensure effective implementation of the provisions of this bill, it added.

The bill states that all proceedings should be uploaded on a specially created website for this purpose.

It also proposes to create a database of the audio-visual archives within twenty-four hours of any hearing, including the name of the judge, parties involved, date of hearing, chamber number, case number and case type.

First Published: Sun, September 24 2017. 18:14 IST
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