Rules on live broadcasting of notified court hearings
The rules for the live broadcast of court proceedings were notified as of January 1, 2022.
The rules titled – Karnataka Rules on Live Broadcasting and Recording of Court Proceedings, 2021 – will apply to the High Court and to the courts and tribunals over which it has oversight jurisdiction.
The notification listed the types of cases excluded from the category of live streaming. These cases include cases such as matrimonial matters (including resulting transfer requests), cases concerning sexual offenses, including proceedings brought under Article 376 of the IPC, cases concerning gender-based violence against women, the Pocso law as well as cases relating to the law on juvenile justice. . Closed proceedings are matters in which the judiciary is of the opinion, for reasons to be recorded in writing, that publication would be contrary to the administration of justice.
This aside, cases which, in the opinion of the judiciary, may provoke enmity among communities likely to result in a violation of public order, and non-public discussions between lawyers and any other matter in which a specific instruction is issued by the magistracy or the chief judge, are also excluded from the direct
In May 2020, the High Court launched the live broadcast of the court proceedings on an experimental basis. A PIL petition has been filed asking for guidelines for the development of rules regarding both live streaming and electronic filing. A division bench, headed by Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi, had recently ordered the Registrar General to notify the date of entry into force of the rules. The state government was tasked with immediately notifying the rules and publishing them in the official gazette.
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