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Video-conferencing facility at city civil court inaugurated

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— Photo: Sampath Kumar G.P.

CUTTING DOWN DISTANCE: Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court Cyriac Joseph (left) at the inauguration of the Multipoint Conferencing System at the City Civil Court Complex in Bangalore on Wednesday.

BANGALORE: Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court Cyriac Joseph on Wednesday interacted with the authorities at video conferencing studios at Tihar jail in Delhi and jails in Hyderabad and Pune.

The Chief Justice spoke soon after he inaugurated the multi-point videoconferencing system between Central Prison at Parappana Agharara and City Civil Court premises, Bangalore.

The video conference facility will ensure speedy trial and it will not only connect trail courts with Central Prison but also four other locations outside Bangalore.

The system consists of a 32” LCD television at the studios of the courts and at the Central prison along with an ISDN line.

Additional Director-General of Police (Prisons) S. T. Ramesh later said the Department of Prisons had introduced video-conferencing in courts in 2003. As of now, video conferencing exists at Central Prison in Bangalore, Mysore, Belgaum, Bijapur, Gulbarga, Bellary and Dharwad.

The Department, he said, proposed to install video conferencing facilities during the current year in 12 more districts — Bidar, Raichur, Chitradurga, Mandya, Tumkur, Uttara Kannada, Shimoga, Dakshina Kannada, Hassan, Madikeri, Chikmagalur and Kolar.

Mr.Ramesh said that the system could ensure expeditious trial of cases apart from reducing dependence on police escorts.

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