cji:SC Takes Steps To Have Own Live Streaming Platform, Says CJI; stresses that the sanctity of the institution must be preserved

The Supreme Court on Friday said it would take steps to have its own judicial infrastructure to begin live streaming of proceedings, access to which would be granted to “good faith” individuals such as litigants, and claimed it had ensured that the “sanctity of the institution is preserved”. “. Given that sometimes “little clips” are circulated on social media without proper context, said a bench consisting of Chief Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice Hima Kohli, who received a plea from lead counsel Indira Jaising on various aspects of the live -Streamings said it will create uniform rules, possibly nationwide, about live streaming and the standard operating procedures for digitizing court records.

Jaising said small clips of court cases are regularly shared on social media sites like Instagram without proper context and there is a need to make rules for such things.

She said such dissemination could be punishable under the Information Technology Act.

“If we have our own solutions, this problem won’t arise… If you have live streaming, it’s like a movie or a song that’s available on YouTube. They are available 24 hours and anyone can make a small clip “Therefore it is important that we have our own solutions … After it is streamed, access is granted to bona fide people such as lawyers, litigants, researchers and law schools, whatever … for good faith purposes. But we have ensured that the sanctity of the institution is preserved,” the CJI said.

He said these clips are sometimes taken out of context.

“The court discussions take place in different contexts and a 10-second clip is released without detailing what preceded or followed. So we’re investigating that,” the bank said.

“We need to establish the Digitization Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for digitizing files. It’s also a complex thing for a big country with different access to the internet,” it said.

The Chamber also asked the Apex Court Registry to consider providing video links for days-long proceedings in the cause list itself, as has been done in various Supreme Courts.

It said: “As further progress has been made in finding a unified solution for the purpose of live streaming, we are tentatively listing the proceedings in the third week of January.”

When Jaising initially said she was seeking live-streaming of matters of public and constitutional concern, the bench said many high courts do so on YouTube.

“We now believe that we can have our own platform for doing live streaming… We want an institutionalized process,” he said.

The bank said the next step would be to submit an expression of interest in selecting the best agency to set up a judicial platform to live-stream the Supreme Court proceedings. The CJI said, “We can then extend it to all courts” in the country.

Currently, Supreme Court proceedings are streamed live on the National Informatics Center (NIC) YouTube channel.

Jaising also requested that the court keep transcripts of the hearing.

“If you need to physically create a transcript, we need a large number of people… For transcription services, the cost of transcription is quite high. It is now used in some high-quality arbitrations,” the CJI said.

The CJI said Jaising could make her suggestions to the Secretary-General of the Supreme Court on when the rules for live-streaming rules would be formulated.

On September 27, the Supreme Court began live-streaming its Constitutional Bank proceedings for the first time in connection with hearing pleas against the reservation for the economically weaker sections (EWS) and a dispute over control of services between the center and the government from Delhi.

In a unanimous decision taken at a plenary session chaired by the CJI, the Supreme Court had decided to broadcast live the proceedings of all Constitutional Court hearings beginning September 27, four years after the historic ruling by then-Judge Dipak Misra, CJI, in 2018.

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