Apex court to begin audio recording its proceedings

August 19th, 2008 - 10:26 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 19 (IANS) In a significant step aimed at enhancing its transparency, the Supreme Court has decided to begin audio-recording its proceedings in important cases.The apex court’s secretary general V.K. Jain Tuesday told reporters that the system to audio-record the court’s proceedings and arguments, specially important ones, will be shortly introduced in the Supreme Court.

“The audio recording of the hearings will help the judges in cross-checking the arguments before delivering the judgement,” he said.

Jain said the system will be first introduced in the courtroom of the Chief Justice and after analysing its result, a decision will be taken to extend the facility in other courtrooms.

Jain said the Central Public Works Department has been asked to install audio-recording system in the CJI’s courtroom and in a month or two audio-recording of hearings in the apex court would be a reality.

“The success of the system will have a far-reaching impact. Once the audio recording of the hearings is a success in the apex court, it may be extended to High Courts and the lower courts,” he said.

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