Tuesday , April 24 2018

Hyderabad High Court’s Instructions on videoconferencing

There must be coordinators with the High court as well as in the remote areas.

High-court

Hyderabad: To avoid vagueness and misconception with respect to the conduction of tribunals and the examination of the defendant and witnesses, the Hyderabad High Court has dispensed a sequence of guidelines to be trailed by trial courts through the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Equipment and services allowing audiovisual communication amid persons at diverse locations have been fitted in the High Court, all district courts, subordinate court entities of city civil courts, the courts of metropolitan session judges, small causes courts, jails in Hyderabad, and district jails in both the states.

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As per the recommendations, videoconferencing can be used in the pilot of all matters, counting remand, bail requests, civil cases and illegal cases where witnesses are situated elsewhere within the state, nation, or abroad. The High Court has made it clear that these rules do not apply to chronicles under Section 164 of the CrPC. Mentioning to the preparatory arrangements for such videoconferences, the HC utters that there must be managers with the court as well as at the remote locality.

If the individual to be examined is situated overseas, the court might appoint coordinators from amid the officers of the embassy of India in that nation, or a suitably certified notary public/ oath officer. If the person to be inspected is in another state or Union territory, a judicial justice might be deputed by the district judge hearing that case. The videoconference shall be noted at the court, and a master copy shall be taken by the court as part of the official annals. According to the High Court’s rules, third parties are not allowable to be present through the video conference.

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