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Video Conferencing Facilitates Divorce Cases


August 15, 2017

According to India’s Department of Justice, as of November 2016 there were 52,000 divorce cases in the state of Kerala; 50,000 in Bihar; 46,866 in Madhya Pradesh; 11,862 in Delhi; and 5,466 in Uttar Pradesh. That’s 166,194 total divorce cases taking place in India, and that’s only in five out of 29 states within the country.

Needless to say, with statistics like that, divorces cases are some of the more popular hearings that judges have to sit through. Divorce hearings are always on the longer side, with both parties having to settle the dispute and hopefully come out with an arrangement that satisfies both husband and wife. This whole process can become even lengthier if the man and woman live in different areas. Hearings can be delayed weeks, even months, as one party prepares to travel to another state in order to attend the hearing.

To solve this problem, India’s Supreme Court has directed all trial courts to use video conferencing in matrimonial disputes where both parties are residing in different cities. According to The New Indian Express, “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.”

“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.

The bench continued on to say, “We have devised a method of video conferencing. You should tell your clients to resort to video-conferencing.” Even if the man and woman don’t live too far apart, they can still request to have their trial conducted through video conferencing.

With so many trials happening in India, saving time is the name of the game. Video conferencing has shown once again that it is the best way to help judges do so.




Edited by Maurice Nagle

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