New Delhi: Telangana and Uttarakhand have become the first states in the country to launch mobile court units to allow witnesses and victims, including women and children, to record evidence from remote locations in situations that require them to be personally accessed. are not allowed to appear before the courts.
It aims to allow the recording of evidence of women and child victims or witnesses, doctors and medical practitioners and investigating officers on demand.
Mobile Court Unit facility is for Subordinate Courts.
According to the Justice Department, mobile court units are equipped with CCTV cameras, laptops, a printer, LED TVs, webcams, inverters, scanners, UPS, an additional monitor and speakers that can interview the victim or witness. in the Ministry of Law.
“Witness or other person, including an accused, involved in a court proceeding, in circumstances where there is an explicit or implicit threat to the personal safety of such witness or person; or, it is impossible, extremely difficult, costly, inconvenient or otherwise It is not desirable for such witness/person to appear in the court in person,” District Court in Uttarakhand is eligible to use the mobile court facility as per the details available on the website of Chamoli.
Persons who, for reasons arising out of tender years, extreme old age, disease or incapacity of the body, or any other similar cause, are unable to, or cannot be, prevented from appearing in person in court, may also can use this feature.
“Such a person may be permitted to testify or present through video conferencing through mobile court units, who is unable to appear in person due to administrative and work exigencies, including remoteness of their work places. included,” according to Eligibility Criteria given on the website.
The Standard Operating Procedure stipulates that a Mobile Court entity shall be deemed to be an extension of the Court, the proceedings of which are being conducted through such entity.
“Accordingly, proceedings conducted through such Mobile Court Unit shall be conducted as judicial proceedings in a Court, with the same etiquette and observance of protocol, as applicable to the dignity of a Court,” it says. .