Orissa High Court proceedings to be streamed live

Cuttack: The proceedings of Orissa High Court will be streamed live with the objective of effectuating and broadening the implementation of Open Court concept during physical, virtual as well as hybrid hearings, a notification of the court said.

Mode of Live Streaming:
a) The mode of live streaming of Court proceedings may be any publicly available Live Streaming Platform/ Portal for live webcasting of audiovisual feed of the virtual/ physical court proceedings. Such Live Streaming Platform shall be selected and notified by the High Court from time to time.

b) The live streaming will be done by authorized High Court personnel only, directly to the Live Streaming Platform/ Portal or through High Court official accounts of any Video Conferencing Platform to the Live Streaming Platform/ Portal, as may be required depending upon the situation of virtual hearing or physical hearing.

c) The live streaming of the Court Proceedings may be with latency/ delay of upto 2 minutes from the actual proceedings.

d) The weblink of accessing the live streaming of the court proceedings will be published on the website of the High Court and may also be published in the Cause list of the respective Court(s)/Bench(es).

High Court proceedings of all cases, except the following, may be live streamed.

* Matrimonial matters, including ancillary proceedings arising thereunder.

* Matters involving children and juveniles including matters registered under or involving the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 (POCSO) and under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015.

* Cases concerning sexual offences, including proceedings instituted under Section 376, Indian Penal Code, 1860 (IPC).

* Cases concerning gender-based violence against women.

* Cases relating to Official Secrets Act, 1923 or involving national security.

* Cases of Habeas Corpus petitions.

* In camera proceedings.

* Cases, which in the opinion of the Bench, may provoke enmity amongst communities likely to result in a breach of law and order.

* Privileged communications between the parties and their Advocates; cases where a claim of privilege is accepted by the Court; and non-public discussions between advocates.

* Cases where the Bench records in writing with reasons to be not fit for live streaming.

* Any other matter in which a specific direction is issued by the Bench or the Chief Justice for not live streaming the Court proceedings.

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