Gujarat High Court: Lawyers’ body seeks action over violation of livestreaming rules

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Pointing out that the live streaming of the Gujarat High Court proceedings are being used by various persons on social media, the Gujarat High Court Advocates’ Association Thursday wrote to the Chief Justice to take suo motu cognisance of such instances and send contempt notices  to those found “brazenly violating the livestreaming rules”.

The association, in its representation, highlighted that the live streaming of the court proceedings are being used by “various persons on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram for commercial and (entertainment) purposes and with oblique motives”, where clippings have been “taken out of context and uploaded with highly inappropriate tagline with hashtags”.

The advocates’ body has also stated that it is receiving four to five complains on a daily basis.

The rule 5 of the Gujarat High Court (Live Streaming of Court Proceedings) Rules, 2021 specifies that the high court shall hold copyright over live streamed feed and videos prohibiting any unauthorised copying of the live feed/videos, the advocates’ body has said.

It was suggested that live streaming of cases might include disclaimers regarding the validity of the livestreaming rules.

The representation also pointed out that Rule 4 (which lists cases involving matrimonial issues, offences of sexual abuse, and under POCSO act) is being livestreamed by unauthorised persons.

The association submitted that livestreaming of this nature violates fundamental rights, including privacy and right to be forgotten. It requested that the necessary instructions be issued to ensure that Rule 4 is followed in its true spirit and that livestream cases that are not enlisted as exceptions be observed.



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