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October 11, 2018

Adopt "Live Transcription" technology for expediting recording of evidence: SC


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On October 10, a Supreme Court bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S. K Kaul and K. M. Joseph asked lawyers to assist the Delhi High Court in adopting "Live Transcription" technology for expediting the recording of evidence, especially in commercial matters.

The bench was informed that the Delhi High Court (Original Side) Rules for civil cases have been approved by the full court and would come in force from November 1, following which, Senior Advocate Harish Salve, Amicus Curiae in this case, stated that “live transcription” would aid in recording the evidence faster, particularly in international arbitration, where it would be a powerful tool to speed up the process.

Senior Advocate Salve further added that these new measures can be allowed to operate for three months in order to ascertain the efficacy, and then, corrective measures, if required, can be taken.

Considering the suggestions of the Senior Advocate, the bench then said, "We accept the suggestion of the amicus curiae and fix the matter in the second week of January 2019 for further consideration".

The Senior Advocate concluded that in order to expedite the recording of evidence, especially in commercial matters, the "Live Transcription" technology may be experimented for determining its effectiveness, and if it was found to be effective, then it can be implemented.

Thereafter, the bench said that the live demonstration of recording of evidence under the new technology be presented before Attorney General K. K. Venugopal, who, in turn, will offer his suggestions to the court.

To this, the Attorney General then suggested that in order to physically understand the feasibility and efficacy of the technology, a demonstration of this technology needs to be conducted.

Initially, the bench suggested that the demonstration could be taken even in the office; however, Senior Advocate Salve stated that the content may be assessed on a pen-drive.

The bench concluded, "We also request all concerned to make available the details of the aforesaid technology including its actual working, as recorded in a pen drive, to be filed before the Registry well in time to be laid before the Members of the Bench."

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