~ Anubhooti Shaw
The pandemic has resulted in innumerable losses in every sector of work. From walking miles to home to receiving termination letters, not everyone was blessed with everything. The lockdown had not only locked us in but also paved the way for online upgradation. The frontline workers of law and justice also faced quite difficult times as well. Working on the border of law and justice is and has not been easy as people think it is. By refurbishing, lawyers and judges have tried using online platforms as their mode of carrying out proceedings in court.
These virtual hearings are being held from March 2020 in the Supreme Court. They are taking place in the Vidyo and Vidyo Connect platforms. Since internet and connectivity is a pardonable issue, hearings were disrupted eventually more or less every time.
ISSUES AND RESUMPTION
"There is no longer any difference between physical and virtual hearings; get used to this", said Justice AM Khanwilkar at Bombay High Court in the case of conviction of gangster Arun Gawli. Justice Gautam Patel advised in a webinar that India needs to adopt a hybrid system of hearing where the lawyers can opt for physical as well as virtual hearing. Former CIC Shailesh Gandhi Writes To Chief Justice Of India that "If Courts Adopt Virtual Court System, It May Lead To A Better Rule Of