SC favours live streaming of court pro­ceed­ings for `ac­cess to jus­tice'

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gi­ant step to­wards trans­parency, the Supreme Court on July 9 agreed with the Cen­tre that ju­di­cial pro­ceed­ings can be tele­cast. "Con­cep­tu­ally, we are an open court. Any­one can come and watch open hear­ings. The lit­i­gants are en­ti­tled to know how their lawyers dealt with the cases even when they are phys­i­cally not present in the court­room. The need of the hour is prompt think­ing on this is­sue," noted the Bench while hear­ing the pe­ti­tion of se­nior ad­vo­cate Indira Jais­ing. At­tor­ney Gen­eral K K Venu­gopal, who was asked by the Bench to as­sist it, pro­posed a chan­nel like the Ra­jya Sabha TV for this, with the ex­cep­tion of rape cases, mat­ri­mo­nial dis­putes and cases re­lated to na­tional se­cu­rity.

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