Allow virtual courts post pandemic, recommends parliamentary committee

A parliamentary panel has recommended continuation of virtual courts even after the Covid-19 pandemic gets over, saying they will pave the way for cheaper and faster means of delivery of justice as a court is more a service than a place.

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In an interim report submitted to Rajya Sabha chairperson M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday, the Parliamentary Standing committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice said underlined digital justice is “cheaper and faster”. It added besides addressing locational and economic handicaps, it ensures safety of vulnerable witnesses providing testimony besides expediting processes and procedures.

Bharatiya Janata Party lawmaker Bhupender Yadav-led panel said virtual courts are an improvement over traditional ones “as they are most affordable, citizen friendly and offers greater access to justice.”

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