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Draft Model Rules for Live Streaming of Court Proceedings
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Draft Model Rules for Live Streaming of Court Proceedings

In News: The e-Committee of the Supreme Court of India has released its Draft Model Rules for Live-Streaming and Recording of Court Proceedings.

About Live Streaming Rules

  • The Rules are part of the National Policy and Action Plan for implementation of Information and Communication Technology in the judiciary.
  • The Rules would cover live-streaming and recording of proceedings in high courts, lower courts, and tribunals.
  • The final decision as to whether to allow the live streaming of the proceedings will be of the bench.

Key Provisions of the Rules

  • The Rules propose a 10-minute delay in transmission, exclusion of communally sensitive cases and matters that involve sexual offences and gender violence against women.
  • Personal information such as date of birth, home address, personal information of close relatives, witnesses, etc. will be deleted or muted during live streaming.
  • No person/entity (print/electronic/social media) other than authorized person/entity shall record and share the live-streamed proceedings or archival data.
  • The content of the recording would be vetted and posted, usually within three days of the conclusion of the proceedings.
  • Unauthorized usage of live stream is punishable under Indian Copyrights Act, Information Technology Act, and contempt of court.

Exempted cases from Live Streaming

  • Matrimonial matters, cases under the POCSO act and Juvenile Justice Act would be exempted from livestream.
  • The Bench can exempt, for reasons recorded in writing, any case it considers antithetical to the administration of justice.

Grounds that give the Rules its backing

  • The right of access to justice, guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution, “encompasses the right to access live court proceedings”.
  • To imbue greater transparency and inclusivity especially on matters of public interest on real time basis, which was not otherwise possible owing to geographical, logistical, or infrastructural issues.
  • The rules intend to balance between access to information and concerns of privacy and confidentiality.

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