Parliament panel bats for digital courts submit Covid


Satya Prakash
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, September 11

Even as Bar our bodies construct up stress on judicial administration for resumption of bodily court docket hearings, a parliamentary standing committee has beneficial continuation of digital courts even in post-Covid interval and favoured live-streaming of court docket proceedings to advertise transparency.

To make process inexpensive

The Rajya Sabha BJP MP Bhupender Yadav-headed panel observes that the idea of digital courts will even mitigate the inconvenience of attending courts as lengthy distance travels might be disbursed with and proceedings change into inexpensive as effectively

“The committee fully understands that virtual courts have their own shortcomings. However, they constitute an advancement over the existing system. Therefore they are worth embracing,” the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice mentioned in its 103rd report on the functioning of digital court docket proceedings by videoconferencing.

“The idea of digital courts has gained immense floor throughout Covid occasions. It is and can stay the brand new actuality and the brand new regular. The committee believes that this transfer will unlock the courts and likewise mitigate the inconvenience of attending courts as lengthy distance travels might be disbursed with and proceedings change into inexpensive as effectively,” the panel mentioned.

Headed by Rajya Sabha BJP MP Bhupender Yadav, the report mentioned digital courts would “strike a balance between these two extremes and extend expeditious justice to the litigant public without compromising quality.”

However, the panel expressed unhappiness over the truth that e-Courts Integrated Mission mode challenge is progressing at a snail’s tempo”. Emphasising the necessity to increase infrastructure, it mentioned “the benefits of virtual courts will percolate down only when all court complexes are fully ICT enabled.”

Noting that court docket proceedings had been recorded in some kind or the opposite world over, the report mentioned live-streaming of sure proceedings will promote transparency.

The committee members additionally mentioned that the judiciary can also contemplate broadcasting digital hearings of sure specified classes of instances to additional the precept of open justice and open court docket.



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