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HindustanTimes Thu,17 Apr 2014

Govt for judiciary’s view on recording of court proceedings

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  New Delhi, November 08, 2013
First Published: 00:49 IST(8/11/2013) | Last Updated: 01:04 IST(8/11/2013)

The government will seek the higher judiciary’s views on audio and video recording of proceedings in lower courts and proposes a legal backing for the move by making changes in existing laws.

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This was among the proposals discussed at Thursday’s meeting of the advisory council of the National Mission for Justice Delivery and Legal Reforms, chaired by Union law minister Kapil Sibal.

Majority of the participants favoured the proposal for audio and video recording of proceedings in courts. It was pointed out that the experiment has worked well in countries across Europe.

“The proposal requires active support of the judiciary since it is the high courts which will be responsible for implementation in the subordinate courts within their respective states,” said an expert who participated in the meeting.

Among others, former Delhi high court chief justice AP Shah, national innovation council chief Sam Pitroda, Planning Commission deputy chairperson Montek Singh Ahluwalia and chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on law and justice, Shantaram Naik attended the meeting.

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