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Revolutionizing Access to Justice: Supreme Court's Live Streaming Breaks Language Barriers!

By Lawstreet News Network      May 10, 2023      0 Comments
Revolutionizing Access to Justice: Supreme Court's Live Streaming Breaks Language Barriers!

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday said contents of proceedings before the Constitution bench matters would soon be available in other languages than English as live streaming of court proceedings has taken it to the homes and hearts of common citizens.

A five-judge bench led by Chief Justice of India D Y Chandrachud said the court is trying to use technology to ensure the live-streamed content is made available simultaneously in languages other than English.

The court made the announcement while hearing arguments on the eighth-day on a batch of petitions for legal sanction to the same-sex marriage.

Senior advocate Rakesh Dwivedi, for Madhya Pradesh government, said that there is a churning in society, which is an important fallout of the court proceedings and people in the country are thinking about the issue because of this debate and live streaming.

The bench, also comprising Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul, S Ravindra Bhat, Hima Kohli and P S Narasimha, said that live-streaming of court proceedings has really taken the court to the homes and to the hearts of the common citizens.

Dwivedi said the only hindrance is that arguments are in English, which is a language not understood by many people residing in villages.

“You will be surprised that we are working even on that also….even that is not lost on the Supreme Court on its administrative side,” the CJI said.

Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, on behalf of 'Jamiat-Ulama-i-Hind’, said that now technology allowed a person speaking in English to be heard in different languages including Japanese.

The Chief Justice said that the court is trying to use technology to ensure that the live streaming contents can be made available in languages which the citizens can follow.



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