On Saturday, CJI Ramana launched Gujarat HC proceedings’ live streaming and released Rules for Live Streaming of court proceedings. On occasion, CJI stated that he was keen to start live streaming at the Apex Court. He also stressed the importance of live streaming and emphasised that it was important for information dissemination as part of Article 19.
He further stated that live streaming could be a double-edged sword at times, but a judge should not be swayed by popular opinion, and they cannot lose objectivity.
According to the CJI, advocates should always maintain and uphold the dignity of the profession, and the identities of the parties should be kept in mind. Therefore, live streaming rules must be carefully calibrated.
During the occasion, Chairman of Supreme Court E Committee Justice DY Chandrachud was also present.
While stressing the importance of Live Streaming, Justice Chandrachud remarked whether people were interested in the case or not, live streaming adds to transparency. He also stated that judges are targeted for holidays they take, but everyday people will realise that judges work very hard with live streaming. He also added judges’ work throughout the day, but people don’t understand the immensity of the work.
Gujarat HC Chief Justice Vikram Nath also spoke on occasion and stated that going live was a challenge and required conviction, confidence and courage, but he was proud that all judges approved of it unanimously.