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Supreme Court is getting ready for live streaming, soon there will be a physical hearing in the court

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The Supreme Court has said that we have to physicalize the court. Virtual hearing cannot be continued as a standard. As far as citizens want to get familiar with the court hearing, for this they can be included in the court action through live streaming. The court said that according to the arrangement given in the Swapnil Tripathi case, arrangements are being made for live streaming of the court.

A bench of Justices LN Rao and BR Gavai made these observations on a petition which said that the hearing of the courts should be kept hybrid i.e. both physical and virtual. The court said that hybrid hearing is not possible as it cannot be that the judges sit in the courtroom and the lawyers sit at tourist places to appear in the case through video conferencing.

The bench said that the contention that virtual hearings have enhanced access to justice of the people cannot be accepted. People will have to be persuaded for open court and open justice. Telecast of court proceedings is a different thing whereas saying that this institution should be closed after recovering from Kovid as virtual hearing is now a fundamental right is a completely different thing. The court said that it has been seen that in the last two months, people were given opportunity for physical hearing twice a week, but even the lawyer did not appear in the court. Because if people have a choice then they live very comfortably in their office.

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The court said that the rules regarding live telecast of court proceedings are under consideration and once started, people will get the right to be heard sitting at home. The Supreme Court, in its judgment given three years ago, had ordered that live streaming of the proceedings of the Constitutional Courts should be done and the Registry should make rules for this. The court said that there will be live telecast of the constitutional courts first, after that this system will be implemented in the lower courts.

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