The Supreme Court’s e-Committee released Draft Model Rules for Live-Streaming and Recording of Court Proceedings on May 28, 2021 (the Draft Rules) and sought public comments on the draft until June 30, 2021. This is a huge step for transparency in the judicial process, and will bring much greater accessibility regarding the higher judiciary for the ordinary public. This has been made possible by the advocacy of Ms. Indira Jaisingh and her team, particularly in the matter of Swapnil Tripathi v. Supreme Court of India and others.
We have welcomed the changes proposed to be brought about by the Draft Document and are in strong support of the move to live stream legal proceedings. We have also offered minor amendments in the Draft Document to improve the balance between privacy and the public interest, though we are cognisant that the Draft Document has made a clear and mindful attempt to strike such a balance. Our comments are available here: 28.06.21 - Comments to Live Streaming Rules.pdf - Google Drive
We believe that in a democracy, it is the civic duty of each and every individual to strengthen our democracy by encouraging and participating in consultative processes. We encourage you to share your comments to the Draft Live-Streaming Rules with us here and tell us what you think, and also to independently offer your comments and suggestions to the e-Committee via email at [email protected]