News By/Courtesy: Jeffy Johnson | 06 Apr 2020 21:36pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Highlighting the need for Video Conferencing
  • Modalities in hearing the cases
  • Guidelines issued by the Chief Justice Bench

The apex court of the country ordered and passed numerous guidelines in the suo moto case regarding the directions for working of the courts of India via video conferencing during the pandemic that is the threat of the COVD 19. The bench comprising of Chief Justice S A Bobde, Justice  D Y Chandrachud and Justice L Nageswara Rao has asked the NIC state authorities to be appointed to liaise and render aid to the High courts. This is to set up modalities in the hearing case via video conferencing. The bench also highlighted the need to be teach-friendly and viable options during the COVD 19 Lockdown and in times after that even. The idea of video conference in the light of social distancing during the pandemic was an essential measure to maintain the Rule of Law and on the same time to uphold the value of the Indian Constitution. As it is to be stated that video conferencing would be in norms with the social distancing and public health guidelines. As the Indian Courts have to be proactive and harness the technological advancement and innovations. ICT enabled infrastructure can be built in all courts across the country and use technology for the judicial application. The Chief Justice Bench directed the following instructions. Firstly the power to restrict entry into the rooms of the court to practice distancing. No parties to the case shall be restricted unless they are suffering from any kind of health issues. Secondly, any issue with the videoconferencing should be made after the hearing such grievances shall not be entrained. Thirdly District courts shall incorporate the High Court Rules while doing the video conferencing. And evidence can be recorded after obtaining permission from both the parties to the case. Fourthly the power to restrict gathering vest only on the presiding officer and no one else. Fifthly the court s have to make proper arrangements for parties who are not able to access video conferencing. Lastly, all courts should maintain a helpline to take in grievances against video conferencing to be addressed. This showed that we cannot stop the judiciary from functioning till pandemic is over video conferencing was a way to access justice virtually. Due to the 21 days lockdown, all urgent matters have to be heard through video conferencing was issued by the Supreme Court.

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 07 Apr 2020 2:00am IST


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