Supreme Court has passed an order to install CCTV cameras without audio in at least two district courts in all States and Union Territories to record the case proceedings.
Bench of Justices Adarsh K Goel and Uday U Lalit directed 24 high courts across the country to make sure district and sessions courts in a minimum of two districts in every state and union territories have CCTV cameras installed inside courtrooms within the period of next three months.
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Many Union Law Ministers have written to the Chief Justices to consider installing cameras in courtroom so that the hearings could be documented. After years of hesitation SC has now entrusted the high courts to oversee the installation of CCTV camera in active courts.
This order was passed after a petition was filed by a man who wanted this matrimonial trail to be recorded - so that the hearing could be fair, he was even ready to pay the charges that would incur after the installation of the cameras.
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The department of Justice responded to the petition with an affidavit that told the bench that it has always supported the initiative to install audio-video cameras in courts as it provides transparency in trails and also helps keep a check on the judicial officers, lawyers and police officers.
This order will be very useful as it would enable the courts to have a electronic record of trials.