HC yet to take policy decision on live streaming court proceedings
100 Microsoft Teams licences had been procured for the conduct of High Court proceedings via digital mode, says Registrar
The Madras High Court has knowledgeable an applicant beneath the Right to Information (RTI) Act that it was yet to provoke a proposal and take a policy decision on implementation of the Supreme Court’s 2018 verdict in favour of live streaming of court proceedings although your entire court proceedings had been now being performed solely via the digital mode due to the specter of COVID-19.
In his reply, Registrar (Administration) V. Devanathan, mentioned: “As of now, the High Court of Madras has not initiated any proposal on implementation of the judgement of the honourable Supreme Court of India with regard to live streaming of court proceedings… Policy decision has not yet been taken by the High Court of Madras to provide public viewing of all court proceedings.”
Answering a bunch of queries posed by the applicant, the officer, nonetheless, identified that beneath Rule 9(1) of the Madras High Court Video Conferencing in Courts Rules of 2020, states that the court ought to endeavour to present public viewing of court proceedings, besides people who had to be held in-camera after recording the explanations in writing, topic to availability of bandwidth.
Mr. Devanathan additionally acknowledged that to date 100 Microsoft Teams licences had been procured for the conduct of High Court proceedings via digital mode and 1,068 licences had been procured for using trial courts throughout the State. “However, policy decision has not yet been taken by the High Court of Madras regarding live streaming the court proceedings,” he reiterated.