Allahabad HC Upgrades Virtual Hearing Platform to CISCO WebEx; Issues SOP

In order to make virtual court proceedings more efficient and user friendly the Allahabad High Court has decided to adopt the CISCO WebEx Events platform for video conferencing at Allahabad.

Earlier the Allahabad High Court was using JITSI video Conferencing platform, which had its own limitations and several complaints were made by the lawyers and bar associations regarding problems faced in using JITSI.

The Allahabad High Court at Lucknow has developed another platform of video Conferencing with the help of National Informatics Centre, which is being applied in all the courts.

Under the new system the lawyers and litigants don’t have to wait for the link to be sent by the registry. All the listed cases are shown in the dashboard category-wise and lawyers can click on the case to join the video Conferencing.

The best part about this new system is that the lawyers and litigants can monitor the progress of cases in the court rooms and make mention before the court.

According to the notice during the first phase of the implementation and transition to the new video conferencing platform, all cases before Court Nos. 2, 3, 34, 35, 38, and 45 will be heard on the WebEx Events platform beginning Monday, July 5, 2021.

The remaining courts in Allahabad will transition to the new platform in phases, with notices released individually.

A step-by-step guide for navigating the new platform, titled “Standing Operating Procedure for Ld. Advocate/Party-in-person for hearing through Video Conferencing on WebEx Events,” has been published on the Court’s official website and may be viewed via the portal’s Video Conferencing option.

The new technology streamlines the process of participation in virtual court proceedings by eliminating the need for lawyers to receive individual SMS invitations to join court proceedings on a daily basis.

Furthermore, it allows lawyers and litigants in person to witness virtual court events in real-time while waiting for their case to be called in the Attendee Gallery/Waiting Room.

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