For the first time, SC begins AI-aided live transcription of proceedings

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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has begun, on an experimental basis, live transcription of court proceedings using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Natural Language Processing technology.

The live transcription was done in the courtroom of Chief Justice of India (CJI) D Y Chandrachud, who was heading a Constitution Bench on Tuesday. The transcription will be given to lawyers for vetting prior to uploading on the Supreme Court website.

A screen displaying the live transcription of court proceedings has been installed in the courtroom. It is also learnt that transcripts of oral arguments will be available on its website. The CJI, D Y Chandrachud, remarked that this facility will be a huge resource for lawyers as well as for law colleges.

CJI Chandrachud, while referring to the members of the Bar, said, “You can see a screen here. This is a live transcript facility and this is an experiment”. Justice P S Narasimha remarked that it will be truly a court of record (the Supreme Court and High Courts are called courts of record).

In 2022, the top court streamed on Youtube its proceedings for the public which were watched by more than eight lakh viewers. The decision to livestream the proceedings of the Constitution benches was taken by the full court on September 20, 2022, and soon thereafter, trial runs were undertaken by the registry.

In 2018, a three-judge bench led by the then CJI Dipak Misra had agreed to start live telecast of proceedings in a phased manner. (ANI)

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