The Supreme Court has begun using artificial intelligence (AI) to record live trial-style hearings starting February 21 on an experimental basis.
A large screen installed in the courtroom of the Chief Justice of India (CJI) will show the arguments and counter-arguments of the lawyers. The technology will be used during the constitution hearing in the case related to the political crisis in Maharashtra.
"We are trying to explore the possibilities of live transcripts. It is an experiment. Then we will also have a permanent record of arguments. This will not only help lawyers but also law schools to analyze how arguments are presented", said Chief Justice D.Y. Chandrachud in an open session.
The CJI also said that the transcript of the pleadings would be provided to the lawyers before being posted on the Supreme Court's website. However, he mentioned that the technology could have some problems if two lawyers were talking at the same time. However, these vulnerabilities will be fixed as they become more widely used.
High-level lawyers present in court applauded the idea along with Kapil Sibal, calling it a milestone.
CJI Chandrachud, who heads the electronic Supreme Court committee under his auspices, launched the Electronic Supreme Court Reports (e-SCR) project in January to provide free digital access to official legal reports of Supreme Court rulings.
He praised the allocation of Rs 7 billion for the third phase of the electronic courts project and said that the allocation of Rs 7 billion for the third phase of the electronic courts project in the Union budget for 2023 will help improve accessibility of the judicial institutions.
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