young lawyers audible justice plea: Justice should not only be done, but also seen to be done. A group of young lawyers and law students believes it should also heard. They want Supreme court judges to use the microphones installed on their desks in courtrooms.Not using microphones has no rationale and wastage of public money, the lawyers said in a letter to the Chief Justice of India on October 17. Whistle for Public Interest (WHIP), a group of practicing lawyers and law students who use the Right to Information Act of 2005 to promote transparency and accountability, said court proceedings are hardly audible for lawyers, litigants and even the media present in the courtrooms as judges do not to switch on the microphones kept before them.“Justice should not only be done, but should be manifestly and undoubtedly seen to be done,” the letter, addressed to Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra on October 17, said. The letter asked the CJI to start using the microphones within a reasonable period of two weeks, or they would consider their request as declined.“It is very painful to note that despite a considerable amount of public money incurred in the installation and replacement of mic system in courtrooms, the Supreme Court has not been able to ensure its use for proper administration of justice,” the letter said.Under the Open Court system of administration of justice, the public should get reasonable access to courtrooms so that they could hear as well as watch the proceedings the letter said, point out that section 153B of the Civil Procedure Code and Section 327 of the Code of Criminal Procedure mandate public access to court proceedings.
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