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Supreme Court's Constitution Bench Hearings to go live for public

Supreme Court's Constitution Bench Hearings to go live for public

The Supreme Court will Livestream all Constitutional Bench hearings from September 27, which means anyone can watch the proceedings in cases such as the challenges to the Citizenship Amendment Act and the revocation of special status under Article 370 to Jammu and Kashmir, and the quota to Upper Castes on an economic basis. 

The new Chief Justice of India (CJI), Uday Umesh Lalit, took office, took this significant step on August 26, when proceedings from the Retd Chief Justice NV Ramana's court were livestreamed on his last day in office.

Justice UU Lalit recently presided over a full court meeting where judges unanimously decided that live-streaming should begin with constitutional cases, and could later cover all proceedings.

The Supreme Court had in 2018 ruled in favour of opening up the proceedings through livestreaming — as per citizen rights under Article 21 of the Constitution — but that remained to be implemented.

During the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic, courts functioned through video-conferencing. That led to a wider acceptance of the use of technology, though originally brought on by a lack of options during the lockdowns.

Supreme Court's Constitution Bench Hearings to go live for public

Supreme Court's Constitution Bench Hearings to go live for public

The Supreme Court will Livestream all Constitutional Bench hearings from September 27, which means anyone can watch the proceedings in cases such as the challenges to the Citizenship Amendment Act and the revocation of special status under Article 370 to Jammu and Kashmir, and the quota to Upper Castes on an economic basis. 

The new Chief Justice of India (CJI), Uday Umesh Lalit, took office, took this significant step on August 26, when proceedings from the Retd Chief Justice NV Ramana's court were livestreamed on his last day in office.

Justice UU Lalit recently presided over a full court meeting where judges unanimously decided that live-streaming should begin with constitutional cases, and could later cover all proceedings.

The Supreme Court had in 2018 ruled in favour of opening up the proceedings through livestreaming — as per citizen rights under Article 21 of the Constitution — but that remained to be implemented.

During the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic, courts functioned through video-conferencing. That led to a wider acceptance of the use of technology, though originally brought on by a lack of options during the lockdowns.

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