Friday, September 6, 2019
Astha Mathur (Symboisis Law School, Students) has posted Criminal Trial Abuzz @ Twitter: A Study on the Impact of Live Tweeting of Court Proceedings on Fair Trial Rights (02 Nirma University Law Journal: Volume-6, Issue-2, December-2018) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
The accused has a right to fair trial under Article 21. This right includes a right to be considered as innocent until proven guilty. This is usually hampered by open courts which permit the media to cover trials. The same is subject to checks and balances under the Contempt of Courts Act, Article19 (2) of the Constitution of India, and the Code of Criminal Procedure. However it is possible to protect the rights of both the media and the parties by adopting proactive regulations as was done during proceedings in the Nirbhaya rape case. The Courts in the past have adopted a negative view of the right of the media to report court proceedings and enjoy wide discretions, but are silent on the rights of media on blogging and tweeting. Since advocates are permitted to bring phones inside the courtrooms, tweeting of court proceedings is a reality in India but free of any regulations.