Karnataka High Court Live Streams Court Hearing as Trial

“We want to start someday (live broadcast of court proceedings), it’s on an experimental basis today, and then we’ll see how it works,” Chief Justice Abhay Oka observed before starting to hear a case that has was broadcast live on the Youtube channel of the High Court of Karnataka.

At 3:06 p.m. at the start of the hearing, a total of 143 people were watching it and as the audience progressed, the number of viewers kept increasing. Lawyer Murthy D Naik appearing for Petitioner BAITHKOL BANDHARU NIRASHRITHARA YANRIKRUT DHONI MEENUGARARA SAHAKARA SANGHA NIYAMITHA continued to comment on the development of Stage II expansion of the commercial activity of the port of Karwar.

After the High Court of Gujarat announced last year that it would begin live streaming of the court proceedings on YouTube, the High Court of Karnataka yesterday started a live broadcast on Youtube on a trial basis.

Before the proceedings were broadcast live at 2:40 p.m., the court had called the attorneys listed in the WP petition WP 1322/2020 (PIL) Connected to WP 2336/2020 to request their consent to appear in the proceedings that were to be live. – broadcast.

Attorney Naik who made the submission later told Live Law: “This is a welcome decision with a lot of transparency, in addition to the existing videoconferencing facility, since March 2020., successfully implemented by the High Court. I was fortunate enough to make my submission when the same was first broadcast live. “

Likewise, Additional Advocate General Dhyan Chinnappa, who appeared for the state government and participated in the hearing, said: “I firmly believe that the live broadcast will only add to the transparency of However, it must be considered that this may, in the long run, lead to some reluctance on the part of lawyers to make concessions on the facts or the law (the fear being that they may be reprimanded later) or in the courtroom humor and jokes that can become a permanent record – sometimes avoidable. “

As the hearing ended at 4:06 p.m., there were 713 viewers and there were approximately 261 likes and 8 dislikes.

In its order, the court headed by Chief Justice Oka recorded, “Further submissions from counsel for the petitioner are heard. With the consent of the parties, the live broadcast is now on an experimental basis. The broadcast live will continue tomorrow. “

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