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SHC issues notices over plea for video-conferencing in trial courts

Karachi: The Sindh High Court on Friday issued notices to the chief secretary, the Home Department, the IG Prison and other officials on a petition requesting arrangements for a video conference system in trial courts of the province.

The petition, submitted by the Innocent Citizen Welfare Trust, a non-government organisation, through their representative Haji M Iqbal, said that the video conference system be introduced in the judicial system for expeditious trials of prisoners. The petitioner submitted that such a system had been introduced in many countries across the world to ensure expeditious trials, but this facility was not being used in the province to deal with criminal cases.

The petitioner submitted that once such a system was introduced, the production of under-trial prisoners in courts could be ensured on every date of hearing and expenses on transportation could be reduced. He said that due to the use of such technology it would be easier for witnesses to depose against the accused without any fear or threats.

He also sought introduction of helpline service of the Sindh High Court for people to lodge their complaints through text messages.

A division bench of the SHC, headed by Chief Justice Mushir Alam, after the preliminary hearing of the petition, issued notices to the advocate general of Sindh, the chief secretary, the Home Department and others and adjourned the case till the next hearing.
Source: The News
Date:6/4/2011