Published on: October 9, 2022 at 19:40 IST
The Telangana High Court has made the decision to start “Live Streaming” its hearings from October 10, 2022. Starting on October 10, the Court Hall No. 1 proceedings will be live-streamed and recorded on a trial basis.
Before the arguments begin, the Court Officer will inform the attorneys that the proceedings are being filmed and webcast live, and that any objections should be made known to the bench then.
The party or counsel may object to live streaming at the moment the matter is instituted or at any later time, but the Bench will make the final decision.
It should be mentioned that the Telangana High Court wrote the State Government in May 2022 requesting that the Guidelines on Telangana High Court Live Streaming and Recording Of Court Proceedings be published in the official gazette.
As of May 1, 2022, these rules will be deemed to have taken effect.
Significantly, Telangana High Court Advocate Srilekha Poojari filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petition last year asking the HC to direct the applicable rules to be framed in accordance with the Supreme Court’s directives.
The Court requested that the HC administration submit a response in the case in February 2022.
Gujarat High Court in India was the first court to start live-streaming hearings on YouTube.
Currently, the high courts in Gujarat, Gauhati, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, and Patna webcast their court hearings live on YouTube.
Notably, the Supreme Court’s hearings were aired live for the first time on August 26. On his final working day as a Supreme Court judge, NV Ramana, the former Chief Justice of India, presided over ceremonial procedures that were streamed live online.
The Supreme Court’s Constitution Bench sessions then began broadcasting live on September 26, 2022, in a historic move.
In light of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Swapnil Tripathi vs. Supreme Court of India, which allowed live broadcasting of court sessions, the decision to telecast court proceedings was made.
The Apex Court had said there, “Sunlight is the finest disinfectant.”