New Delhi : Chief Justice of India, NV Ramana started live streaming of Gujarat High Court proceedings and also issued Live Streaming Rules of High Court. Addressing on the occasion, the Chief Justice informed that he is keen to start live streaming in the Supreme Court at least in some jurisdictions.
The CJI also said that live streaming is important for dissemination of information as a part of Article 19 of the Constitution. He stressed on the importance of live streaming of court proceedings.
CJI said that “Lack of direct access can give room for misunderstanding and hence live streaming is a good medicine for this. Judges should never shy away from public duty.”
CJI NV Ramana further said that:
“Sometimes, live streaming mode can become a double-edged sword, however, a judge may not be influenced by popular opinion as the judge may, in the public eye, become the subject of discussion. Judges cannot lose objectivity. .Even a lawyer should not go for publicity.”
He also said that while lawyers should always uphold the dignity of the profession and keep in mind the identity of the parties, their privacy is also important and lawyers should carefully examine the rules governing live streaming.
Chief Justice of India, NV Ramana graced the occasion as the Chief Guest and inaugurated the live streaming of the High Court court proceedings. Along with, Dr. Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, Judge, Supreme Court of India and Chairman, e-Committee Supreme Court Court of India were also present as special guest.
Dr. Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, said about the importance of live streaming that:
“Even if people are not interested in a particular case, live streaming adds to the transparency. Live streaming is now a necessity. Even after the pandemic is over, live streaming will demystify court proceedings and send the message that courts are there for them. people. People get to know that the judges are really working. There are misunderstandings about the functioning of judges, we are targeted for the holidays we take.”
Justice Chandrachud also hoped that the initiative taken by the Gujarat High Court would surely be replicated in the rest of the country and that it is a progressive state and he was impressed by the dedication of the High Court towards the service of the nation.
Speaking further on the occasion, Justice Shah said that live streaming was a dream but it will come true today. He said that the CJI is very much interested in timely justice and transparency in the proceedings of the courts and it is at his heart.
Speaking about going live, Chief Justice of Gujarat High Court Vikram Nath said that
“It is a challenge in itself, it requires courage, confidence and above all conviction but I am proud that all my sister brothers and the judges unanimously approved the live streaming rules.”
He also said that as soon as he got the message from Justice Chandrachud, he unanimously decided to start live streaming of the court proceedings and he was proud of the initiative.