- Apprentice Lawyer
The exasperation of Supreme Court judges over the unsatisfactory working of the virtual court system in the top court spilled over into a court order with a 3-judge Bench noting how the system is working seamlessly in Delhi High Court "next door" while the apex court judges are frequently facing disconnections and lack of audio clarity.
The Bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Dinesh Maheshwari and Hrishikesh Roy was dealing with a case concerning bail, when it appeared to have experienced technical difficulties.
"We at the inception must note our exasperation at the inability of the virtual Court system to work satisfactorily in the Supreme Court while there is no such problems in the Delhi High Court next door!", the Court said in its order.
The order went on to note that disruptions in the virtual court hearings were experienced on Monday as well, when the Supreme Court reopened after its winter break.
"We have been since yesterday trying to cope with the problem of disconnections, resonance of voices, even when there is single person arguing. It is difficult to understand this despite more licences stated to have been taken. The only voice we hear is the resonance of our own voices!", reads the order.
In view of the same, the Court has now directed the Secretary-General to look into the issue "as it is becoming very difficult to continue with proceedings in the virtual courts in an appropriate manner."