Use video-conferencing in matrimonial disputes: SC

The Supreme Court has directed all trial courts to use modern technology such as video-conferencing in cases where both parties are residing in different cities. 

Published: 06th August 2017 08:41 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th August 2017 08:41 AM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: Working towards quick disposal of matrimonial disputes, the Supreme Court has directed all trial courts to use modern technology such as video-conferencing in cases where both parties are residing in different cities. The directive came from a bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Amitava Roy while hearing the transfer petition in a case. Transfer petitions are filed by women in the apex court to get the cases filed by their husbands to the jurisdiction of the court where she resides.

Refusing to give any relief to the party, the bench observed, “We have devised a method of video-conferencing. You should tell your clients to resort to video-conferencing.”The apex court also said that in cases where one or both parties request for video-conferencing, proceedings may be conducted through it and technology ought to be utilised for receiving communication from parties.

“Every day, at least 30 to 40 transfer petitions are listed before us. We are fed up of hearing them. You should stop filing these petitions,” said Justice Mishra.

In a separate ruling in March, the bench had said, “We understand that in every district in the country, video-conferencing is not available. Wherever such facility is available, it ought to be fully utilised and all high courts ought to issue appropriate administrative instructions.”

degree of separation: Number of divorce cases per state

Kerala: 52,000
Bihar: 50,000
Madhya Pradesh: 46,866
Delhi:11,862
Uttar Pradesh: 5,466

(Source: Department of Justice, November 2016)

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