‘Judicial’ video conferencing: ‘Make maximum use of ICT in justice delivery system’

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SRINAGAR: J&K High Court is soon going to introduce video conferencing under e-governance programme to connect courts with jails for criminal proceedings especially, judicial remands.
To sensitise different stakeholders on the subject, State Judicial Academy organised a day-long training programme at District Court Complex, Srinagar in which judicial officers of District Srinagar, jail authorities of Central Jail Srinagar, district jails of Baramulla, Kapwara and Anantnag, Chief Prosecuting Officer Srinagar and the members of Juvenile Justice Board Srinagar participated.
District and Sessions Judge, Parvaiz Hussain Kachroo, CPC e-Courts Project, Malik Shabir Ahmad and Munsiff, Umesh Sharma associated to e-courts project were the resource persons on the occasion.
During the training programme the participants were made aware about the amendments made in the Code of Criminal Procedure for enabling use of video conference between the court & jails in criminal proceedings, an official handout read.
The participants were also informed about the hardware requirements and the procedural safeguards to be observed while holding such ‘conferences’.
A practical session was also conducted wherein video conference link was established first between the Conference Hall and Central Jail Srinagar and then between the Conference Hall and Kot Bhalwal Jail Jammu. A ‘dummy’ session of judicial remand was also conducted during the practical session, read the handout.
The participants actively participated in different sessions and interacted with the resource persons on different issues relating to the subject.
Principal District and Session Judge Srinagar, Abdul Rashid Malik stressed upon the judicial officers to make maximum use of ICT (Information and Communications Technology) in the justice delivery system.
He said “the video conference equipments have already been provided to all the court and jails of the state” and that the programme is being implemented under directions of Chief Justice of J&K High Court, Justice Gita Mittal, and Chairperson Computer & e-Courts (e-Governance) Committee, Justice Rajesh Bindal, added the handout.