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First Online Trial through Video Conferencing begins at Madhupur, Jharkhand


First Online trial involving Jharkhand High Court(below), Madhupur CivilCourt and Deoghar Jail (both above)

On 21st May’2012, Madhupur – a subdivisional town of Deoghar district, Jharkhand emerged on the judicial map of the country to have conducted the first ever online trial through video conferencing system at the newly constructed civil court. Honorable Justice Altamas Kabir of the Supreme Court inaugurated the new facility from the conference room of the Jharkhand High Court in the presence of Honorable Chief Justice Prakash Tantia and other judges. The online trail using VC system is a major reform in the country’s judicial process aimed at speedy disposal of pending cases. 
Speaking on the occasion Justice Kabir said it was the first time a case was heard and cross-examination was done online and added that in near future courts in every district and subdivision would be linked up to the high court  which in turn will be linked up to the Supreme court.
After the inauguration of the facility the Deoghar district & session judge Sajjan Kumar Dubey started the trial of the accused lodged at Deoghar jail who appeared on camera for online hearing.  Appreciating the flawless functioning of the VC system leading to smooth conduct of the online trial, Justice Kabir hailed NIC , Jharnet and the judicial officers for their effort. 

Date: 23rd Jun 2012
Submitted By: Prashant Belwariar, Jharkhandprashant [dot] b [at] nic [dot] in
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