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Delhi HC introduces video conferencing to cut case disposal time

It is pertinent to mention that hearings in several matters are often adjourned because of non-availability of participants.

delhi Updated: Apr 26, 2019 04:44 IST
Richa Banka
Richa Banka
New Delhi
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In a first-of-its-kind initiative, the Delhi High Court (HC), on Thursday, launched the telepresence facility.

In a first-of-its-kind initiative, the Delhi High Court (HC), on Thursday, launched the telepresence facility which would enable real time video conferencing from court rooms and judge’s chambers with parties involved—accused and/or witnesses—even from remote locations. The facility was inaugurated by Justice Madan B Lokur.

It is pertinent to mention that hearings in several matters are often adjourned because of non-availability of participants.

With this system, participants would be able to connect via the internet ensuring faster disposal of cases.

Till now, video conferencing in the court was only made available in cases of rape and sexual assault on children.

“It is a state-of-the-art single-codec triple-screen system combining high-fidelity audio and video collaboration functionality with a seating capacity of 18 persons, having 4K ultra-high definition cameras and theatre-quality audio, giving impressions to participants of sitting across the table,” a HC statement read.

The system can be integrated with the traditional video-conferencing system, iPhones and smart devices such as desktops, laptops, tablets and cellphones. It also allows the web meetings to be scheduled.

The facility can enable 18 people to simultaneously connect from different devices and places, an official said, adding that the participant(s) would be sent a link, which, when clicked, would connect them to the court room for the proceedings.

A server has been fixed in the telepresence room, which is fitted with a camera for sharing documents with participants.

On Thursday, a presentation was given by Justice Rajiv Shakdher, the chairman of the IT committee of the Delhi HC, and members Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva and Justice Naveen Chawla. Justice Sachdeva said efforts are being made so lawyers can appear in smaller matters through video conferencing for expeditious disposal of cases.

The facility was used on a trial basis on April 11 by Justice Sachdeva, who had connected to FSL Rohini through video conferencing and questioned the FSL Director, when she was unable to appear before the court in person because of other engagements.

First Published: Apr 26, 2019 04:44 IST