Supreme Court Now Open For General Public On Saturdays
‘This is a great opportunity to gain inside access to the grand interiors of the Supreme Court building and admire the majestic structure in its full glory.’
The Supreme Court held thus… The apex court observed so and so. You can see such news reports about the Supreme Court almost every day.
But have you ever seen that powerful place, where important judgments are pronounced, where laws are interpreted, read down and struck down. Unless you are a lawyer or someone close to legal arena, you would not have seen it yet. Now your time has come.
The Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Thursday launched a portal, through which one can book ‘guided tours’ to the Supreme Court.
While inaugurating the portal, the CJI said: “Idea to open up SC was entirely mine. I apologise that I did not consult any of my brother judges. But I am sure they have endorsed it."
The Supreme Court will be now open to the general public from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM every Saturday except on declared holidays. One can enter into the interiors of the Supreme Court building. Pre-planned escorted visits can be arranged, subject to online booking made in advance. The visitors will be accompanied throughout the premises and introduced to parts of historical importance and they will also get a chance to witness the court rooms.
One can click on "Registration" tab under the link "Guided Tour" on the official website of the Supreme Court of India and fill the short online form to confirm reservation. No fee is charged. One cannot carry eatables, pan, gutka, mobile or camera during the guided tour. Photography is not allowed. Visitors are forbidden from using a camera or cellphone while touring the premises.