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“Right of access to justice includes right to access live court proceedings”

The e-Committee(chaired by Justice DY Chandrachud) of the Supreme Court has released its draft model rules for live streaming and recording of court Proceedings and has invited for suggestions and inputs from all stakeholders on or before 30th June 2021.

Press release states that the right to access to justice guaranteed under article 21 of the Constitution of India encompasses the right to access Live court proceedings.

It is further noted in the press release that the sub committee consisting of judges of Bombay, Delhi, Madras and Karnataka High Court was constituted to frame the rules. The sub-committee, after taking into account the principles enunciated in  Swapnil Tripathi v. The Supreme Court of India, including concerns of privacy and confidentiality, prohibition or restriction of access to proceedings or trials stipulated by central or state legislation and in some cases to preserve the larger Public Interest owing to sensitivity of the case, has provided a balanced regulatory framework for live streaming and recording of court proceedings.

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