Former Supreme Court judge Justice Rohinton Nariman recently launched a YouTube channel which hosts videos of his speeches delivered at various events.
Bar & Bench spoke to the retired judge on how the idea was conceived and his views on the impact of technology on the legal profession.
You might be the first retired judge to host a YouTube Channel. How did this idea come about?
There are two reasons. First was that people started asking me where to find the speeches, since they could not locate them. It got difficult to locate since they did not appear in (Google) searches. So, the channel was a conceived as a one-shot solution to access all videos.
The second reason is to educate the youth.
Currently, the channel has videos of your speeches. Is there any plan to diversify and upload other kinds of videos?
Not at all. It will be limited to videos of my speeches.
How do you think technology has affected legal education and the profession?
It has affected the profession in two ways. It has become easier to get access to case laws. But, and a great ‘but’, is that it has stopped people from reading books. Lawyers confine themselves to reading the head notes instead of reading the entire judgment.
So, it is a double-edged sword.
Do you have plans to be present on other social media platforms?
Not at all.