Judgement of the Supreme Court of India regarding live streaming of case proceedings of constitutional importance, 26/09/2018

  • 26/09/2018

Judgement of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of Swapnil Tripathi & Others Vs Supreme Court of India dated 26/09/2018. The petitioners have sought a declaration that Supreme Court case proceedings of “constitutional importance having an impact on the public at large or a large number of people” should be live streamed in a manner that is easily accessible for public viewing. Further direction is sought to frame guidelines to enable the determination of exceptional cases that qualify for live streaming and to place those guidelines before the full court .

Supreme Court in its Judgement says that "Live-streaming of court proceedings is manifestly in public interest. It is important to re-emphasise the significance of live-streaming as an extension of the principle of open justice and open courts. However, the process of live-streaming should be subjected to carefully structured guidelines. Initially, a pilot project may be conducted for about three months, by live-streaming only cases of national and constitutional importance in the Chief Justice’s Court."

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