Judiciary 2.0: Court Hears Case Arguments on WhatsApp!

Wed May 18 2022 10:52:47 GMT+0530 (IST)

The Judiciary is among the key estates in India that aim at the safety and security of the people. Compared to others, the estates show more concern towards the marginalized people. Judiciary is updating itself to offer better services to people. Recently, a faster communication system that enables the transfer of electronic court notices to the prisons was launched.

As another big step in adopting the new technology, a Judge had set an example by attending the case hearing through WhatsApp. Given the impotence of the issue, he held the hearing on the messaging app and the lawyers of both parties took part in this from two different areas.

With the summer season starting, almost all the judges working at various courts are on leave. This made many cases pending with the respective courts. Once the court holidays get ended, the pending cases will come for the hearing and the cases will have to face a delay.

What the Judge at the Madras High Court had done should be seen as an example of how the crucial cases should be heard despite the court holidays. As he was out of town to attend a marriage function, the Justice made sure that the hearing will happen and it went as planned.

Apparently, no court in the country had done this before and conducted a hearing through WhatsApp. Using the existing technology that is available for everyone, the judge used it as a platform to hear the petition. Usually, people use Google Meet for meetings, but the majority of the users are either software or other professionals.

Talking about the issue which was heard by the Madras High Court on WhatsApp, it is related to holding a Rath Yatra. The hereditary trustee of Shri Abheeshta Varadaraja Swamy temple in Dharmapuri district in Tamil Nadu had filed a petition seeking permission for the yatra to be held.

After hearing the arguments of both sides, Madras High Court Judge, Justice GR Swaminathan gave his green signal for the yatra to be held. However, the court directed the temple authorities to follow all the required measures.