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For first time, SC to transcribe arguments

By LawStreet News Network      22 February, 2023 02:11 AM      0 Comments
For first time, SC to transcribe arguments

NEW DELHI: For the first time in its history, the Supreme Court led by Chief Justice of India D Y Chandrachud announced to transcribe arguments in Constitution bench matters on experimental basis.

Senior advocate Kapil Sibal called it a "milestone and wonderful decision" as the CJI announced the development in open court while presiding over a bench hearing the Maharashtra political crisis.

"We’ll see how it works, especially in the Constitution bench matters, because then we’ll have a permanent record of arguments," the CJI said, adding the artificial intelligence (AI) and natural language processing technology for live transcription of its hearings would be used.

He further said that it would not only help judges and the lawyers, but also help our law colleges. “They can analyse how matters are argued…It is a huge resource," the CJI said.

The Chief Justice stressed that it will be on an experimental basis for a day or two to iron out creases in transcription before becoming a norm.

At the beginning of the hearing, the  five-judge constitution bench headed by CJI said, “Do you see the screen? We’re just trying to explore the possibilities of live transcript."

The transcript would also be provided to the counsel and then uploaded on the SC's website, Justice Chandrachud said.

It is to be noted the Supreme Court had already started live streaming of proceedings in Constitution bench matters, in a big step towards transparency and open court system.


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