News Updates’A Court Is More A Service Than A Place’: Parliament Standing Committee On Personnel, Public Grievances Recommends Continuation Of Virtual Courts Post Covid Period [Read Report] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK11 Sep 2020 12:01 AMShare This – x”A court is more a service than a place,” remarked the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances in its report supporting continuation of Virtual Courts for some identified categories, even after Covid-19 pandemic is over. After holding extensive meetings with Secretaries of Departments of Justice and Legal Affairs, Secretary General of the Supreme Court…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?Login”A court is more a service than a place,” remarked the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances in its report supporting continuation of Virtual Courts for some identified categories, even after Covid-19 pandemic is over. After holding extensive meetings with Secretaries of Departments of Justice and Legal Affairs, Secretary General of the Supreme Court and representatives of the Bar Council of India, Delhi High Court Bar Association and Delhi District Bar Association, the Standing Committee concluded thus: “Virtual Courts have their own shortcomings, however, they constitute advancement over the existing system, and therefore. on the overall, they are worth embracing”. The Committee further stressed, “It is time, the Court room which is often regarded as the last bastion of antiquated working practices opens its doors to latest technology”. The Parliamentary panel strongly pitched for Virtual Courts stating that digital justice is “cheaper and faster” besides addressing “locational and economic handicaps”. It also ensures safety of vulnerable witnesses providing testimony; expedites processes and procedures and are an improvement over traditional Courts as they are most affordable. The panel also highlighted the pitfalls relating to Virtual Courts in the form of limitation of access, connectivity and skills. It took note of the reservations expressed by Representatives of Bar about Virtual Court proceedings viz., limitations of infrastructure and favour tech savvy advocates, besides “depriving lawyers of an opportunity to present their case and change the course of arguments based on the changing dynamics of a case during the hearing.” The Committee was also informed that over 50% advocates, mostly at the District and lower Courts are not having cither a laptop or a computer and lack of skills required for virtual proceedings. It has therefore urged the Government to enable necessary infrastructure for integrating Virtual Courts into the country’s legal ecosystem. Few of the 15 recommendations made by the Committee include: setting up of E-Sewa Kendras in all Court Complexesspeedy execution of National Broadband Missionintroduction of computer course in 3/5 year law coursesdeveloping an indigenous software platform to ensure data privacyproviding WAN (Wide Arca Network) facility to alladoption of Machine Learning Artificial Intelligence and Block Chain Technology for a transformational change in the dispensation of justice The panel has recommended that virtual proceedings may be extended ‘permanently’ to various Appellate Tribunals like TDSAT, IPAB, NCLAT etc. located across the country which do not require personal appearances of the parties/advocates. It further said that permanent Virtual Courts can be held for hearing matters relating to Administrative and other Tribunals at the time of final hearing as it will cutdown the cost and increase the efficiency of disposal of cases without being unnecessarily adjourned. The report, first of its kind, was presented to Rajya Sabha Chairman, M. Venkaiah Naidu, by MP Bhupender Yadav.Download ReportRead The Report Here Next Story
USC’s 15-3 record at Galen Center is its best home mark since going 16-3 in 1961. Stewart drained four 3-pointers to give him 220 for his career, breaking the all-time USC mark of 218 held by Brandon Granville (1999-02). His record-breaking shot came at an opportune time, as Cal (14-14, 6-10) had drawn within five points with a little over 13 minutes remaining. “It’s great to get the record on a day like this,” said Stewart, who left the game to large ovation with 55.8 seconds remaining. “It was so sad knowing it’s my last time playing here.” Stewart finished with 13points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots. Taj Gibson led the Trojans with 18 points. But the shot that drew the biggest crowd outburst of the season came from Penrose, the little-used walk-on who had scored three points entering the game. He came in with 2:23remaining, after the crowd had been chanting his name. Each time he touched the ball, fans yelled for him to shoot. His 3-pointer with the shot clock winding down in the final minute didn’t draw iron. But he got one more chance at his “Rudy” moment and swished a shot from the right corner with 5.3 seconds to go. “I turned around and looked at the student section and couldn’t really hear anything because the place was so loud,” said Penrose, who brought his career total to 16 points. “My heart was going a mile a minute, and I was just so happy and excited. It’s kind of a storybook ending to a little walk-on’s career.” [email protected] (818) 713-3607160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! USC senior Lodrick Stewart led the student section at Galen Center in displaying the university’s trademark victory sign as the school’s fight song played. Teammates surrounded Stewart, some going into the aisles, as the capacity crowd paid tribute to one of the Trojans’ best seasons since the Pacific-10 Conference expanded to 10teams in 1979. The players paid tribute back for the electric atmosphere that built all season and reached a crescendo Saturday. Then the players lifted senior walk-on Chris Penrose – who hit a 3-pointer in the final seconds – onto their shoulders and carried him off the court. USC’s 84-66 victory over California in its final home game displayed everything that has changed this year within the program – the attitude, the attendance and the atmosphere. “We said from day one, we’re not going to beg our people to come out,” said coach Tim Floyd after his team played in front of a sellout Galen Center-record crowd of 10,027. “You have to earn those things.” USC has done that with a team that has defied all expectations. The Trojans (21-8, 11-5) are guaranteed at least fourth place in the Pac-10, will take second if they win both games in Washington this week and can wrap up third with a win or Stanford loss in the final two games. This for a team that entered the season picked to finish sixth in the conference and starting freshmen at point guard and power forward. “We’re playing for seeding now,” Stewart said. “There’s not a doubt we’re going to the (NCAA) Tournament. I think we’re going now, and the coaches feel the same way.”
Substitute Michy Batshuayi’s late goal clinched the Premier League title for Chelsea as they beat West Bromwich Albion 1-0 on Friday but they were made to fight all the way for the victory they craved at The Hawthorns.Chelsea were suffering late nerves as a dogged West Brom threatened to prolong the title race but Belgian international Batshuayi prodded home the winner after 82 minutes to spark manic celebrations from triumphant manager Antonio Conte.The victory, Chelsea’s 28th of the season, put the long-time league leaders 10 points clear of second-placed Tottenham Hotspur, who have only three games left to play.Italian Conte is only the fourth manager to win the Premier League title at the first attempt, emulating his Stamford Bridge predecessors Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti as well as Manuel Pellegrini who achieved the feat with Manchester City.Conte, who won three consecutive titles as Juventus manager before taking over the Italian national team, danced for joy and was hoisted into the air by his players in front of Chelsea’s ecstatic travelling fans who chanted “Antonio, Antonio”.Chelsea have now won five Premier League titles since Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003, but this one is arguably the most impressive considering they finished a woeful 10th last season.ANTONIO, ANTONIO, ANTONIO!!! ??#ChelseaChampions pic.twitter.com/Iguyy75ZXo- CHAMPIONS! ??? (@ChelseaFC) May 12, 2017″You have to cherish these moments, you work so hard all season to be where we are,” said Chelsea defender and stand-in captain Gary Cahill.”Consistently we have been the best team in the league. There is no better feeling in football. People have written us off as a team and individually and this has shut them up. We are champions. It’s another one in the cabinet.”advertisementJOB DONECHAMPIONS ???!!! Words can’t describe the emotions right now! We did this together! #CFC Family! pic.twitter.com/kQAPjJfi7x- Victor Moses (@VictorMoses) May 12, 2017It was not vintage Chelsea on Friday but they got the job done on a tense night in the Midlands.They dominated possession against eighth-placed West Brom, who had little to play for but pride, and rained in shots before halftime, Cesc Fabregas and Pedro going closest while Diego Costa sent another effort over the bar.West Brom offered the odd counter-attack but the one-way traffic continued after the break as Victor Moses was denied by a splendid low save by Ben Foster.IT’S DONE! ??????#ChelseaChampions pic.twitter.com/OXe1kZPwvw- CHAMPIONS! ??? (@ChelseaFC) May 12, 2017Eden Hazard had another effort blocked on the line but as Chelsea strained for the winner they began to look a little vulnerable at the back as West Brom gained in confidence.The visitors had a huge scare when Salomon Rondon burst clear past David Luiz on the halfway line but his effort was superbly blocked by Cahill.In the end Chelsea owed it to misfit Batshuayi, a peripheral figure for most of the season, to win the match and the title with only his second league goal since joining the club.Six minutes after replacing a tiring Pedro, the striker signed from Olympique de Marseille for 33 million pounds ($42.5 million), stuck out a leg to net Cesar Azpilicueta’s cutback, despite a valiant attempt by Foster to keep it out.The final minutes were interrupted by some scuffling in the stands but nothing could dampen Chelsea’s joy.”I am happy. Very happy. It is my first Premier League title,” Chelsea defender Luiz, who has been a defensive rock since returning to the club this season after two years in Paris, said. “When I decided to come back here I dreamed to win the Premier League. I am very happy because my dream came true.”Chelsea will get to celebrate their title success in front of their own fans versus Watford on Monday before finishing the campaign at home to Sunderland. Then it is the small matter of trying to clinch the double in the FA Cup final against Arsenal.If they achieve that feat it will be the club’s first double since the 2009-10 season under Conte’s compatriot Ancelotti.