Transparency is vital in court proceedings. For years activists have demanded that live proceedings should be done in apex courts such as the supreme court and various high courts so that the public have access to audio and visuals, and transcript of court proceedings.
In Swapnil Tripathi vs Supreme Court of India case:-
The petitioner said that Supreme Court proceedings of “constitutional importance having an impact on the public at large, should be live-streamed in a manner that is easily accessible for public viewing.
The right of access to justice flowing from Article 21 of the Constitution or be it the concept of justice at the doorstep, would be meaningful only if the public gets access to the proceedings as it would unfold before the Courts and in particular, the opportunity to witness live proceedings in respect of matters having an impact on the public at large or on a section of people. This would educate them about the issues which come up for consideration before the Court on a real-time basis.
There are countries Such as Australia where High Court proceedings get published on government websites. The Canadian Supreme Court has permitted media coverage of its proceedings since 1994, on public broadcast service provided by the Cable Parliamentary Affairs Channel. Even the International Court of justice has a provision for live streaming of court proceedings.
Recently the Supreme court under the observation of Chief justice DY Chanderchud published the transcription of court Proceedings for the first time.
Now Artificial Intelligence is being used for the transcription of court proceedings by using the Natural Language Processing method.
Chief justice DY Chanderchud mentioned that:-
Members of the bar can see a screen here. This is a live transcript facility and this is an experiment. This is a huge resource not only for lawyers but also for the law colleges who will benefit.