• In a historic step, the Supreme Court on Tuesday began live transcription of proceedings before a five-judge Constitution bench.
  • Doint it (transcribing) in a live environment, as, it is an experiment.
  • We will see how it works, to begin with in Constitution bench matters.
  • It will create a permanent record of arguments. It will help the lawyers and judges.
  • But it will also benefit law students who can analyse how matters are argued in the Supreme Court.
  • It will build a huge resource base.
  • This also means do not interrupt each other during the arguments. All will be recorded.
  • The move was hailed as historic, a milestone and a wonderful initiative, joined the banter to say, “Posterity will judge us, what foolish arguments we made. ”
  • “This move is in sync with the idea of the Supreme Court being a court of record. Every word said in the court will be recorded.”
  • Whatever the lawyers say, even the whisperings, are recorded.
  • The only problem is when two or more persons speak at the same time.
  • However, having engaged personnel who will clean the transcription by the evening and provide a link to the counsel to go through and suggest corrections. After it is cleaned up, the transcripts would be given to the judges.
  • The transcript will also be shared with lawyers who argued cases for verification, and is likely to be uploaded on the SC website every evening.

How is it happening, and why?

  • The transcript is seen on the live-streaming screen of courtroom number 1, where a five-judge Bench headed by the CJI is hearing the case related to the political crisis in Maharashtra.
  • The Supreme Court transcription is using Teres, which is a platform used often for transcribing arbitration proceedings.
  • The platform is run by Nomology Technology Private Limited, a Bengaluru-based company.
  • The Supreme Court on Tuesday (February 21) started a first-of-its-kind project to transcribe its proceedings live using Artificial Intelligence (AI).

The significance

  • The transcribing is the second major decision towards making the court more transparent after the SC’s decision to livestream its proceedings before Constitution Benches.
  • The suggestion to transcribe hearings was made by senior advocate Indira Jaising in the plea she had filed seeking live telecast of court proceedings.

Transcripts at other countries

  • In the US, court transcripts are available to litigants and the public.
  • The US Supreme Court provides audio and text transcripts of the proceedings.
  • Many local courts in the US also make a stenographic record of most court proceedings.
  • In the UK, a litigant can ask for a transcript of the court proceedings for a fee if the hearing is recorded.


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