The Delhi High Court has decided to open up the virtual hearings for public viewing.
By an order dated June 20, the court has decided to operationalise Rule 16.1 of the Video Conferencing Rules which states that:
'In order to observe the requirement of an open Court proceeding, members of the public will be allowed to view Court hearings conducted through video conferencing, except proceedings ordered for reasons recorded in writing to be conducted in-camera. The Court shall endeavour to makea vailable sufficient links (consistent with available bandwidth) for accessing the proceedings."
The order states that links will be offered for public viewing so long as the stability of the system is not disturbed i.e. is consistent with the available bandwidth.
Anybody who is interested in viewing a particular proceedings, she can contact the concerned Court Master/court official on their mobile phone numbers published in the cause list, in the very least, by 9 p.m. on the day prior to the date of hearing.
The order further adds:
'However, if for any reason contact with the concerned Court Master/court official is not made by 9 p.m. on the date prior to the date of hearing fixed in the matter, then, the person seeking a link should get in touch with the Court Master/court official by 10 a.m. on the day of the hearing.'
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