High Court To Formulate Their Own Rules For Hearing Via Video Conferencing

 

 

During the pandemic a lot of problems were faced by the advocates and judges to carry out legal proceedings. Due to the strict rule and regulation to be followed to avoid the spread of virus the proceedings were to be held via video conferencing as decided by the Supreme Court in April.

As these directions issued by the Supreme Court itself on 6th April and stated the High Court to formulate their own rules for video conferencing which was decided by bench comprising of Chief Justice of India SA Bobde and Justices DY Chandrachud and L. Nageshwar Rao. It was also stated that the High Court rules for the virtual hearing would be extended to trial matters as well as appellate proceedings. Due to this decision it was observed that in many states the situation was eased and it was possible to commence the hearing as a  result of which this system of video conferencing was extremely successful in providing access to justice.

The CJI also posted that at this stage the High Court would be allowed to formulate their own rules, also the committee of judges was also appointed as stated by Justice Chandrachud. He also suggested of setting up E-Sewa Kendra in High Court which can help the lawyers who do not have basic infrastructure for video conference hearing. It was also advised that the parliamentary committee to submit report on E-Courts. It was suggested that there could be a cubical where the proceedings, transfers and bail pleas can be heard via video conferencing. Separate section should be there for media coverage of proceedings. In the end the court informed the counsels that a decision would be taken on the matter.

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