This chapter discusses the relationship between the courts — lawyers and judges — and the media. It begins with Justice J. S. Verma's observation that the media is free to attend any court proceedings of a case that they find interesting. It is alright for a legal counsel to clarify a nuance, as long as he does not pontificate on legal issues before TV cameras. Then, the discussion turns to the desirability of public trials and cases where the High Court may order a trial in camera. Reporting the events that take place within a Court of Justice is part of the public's need to know and the information gathered depends on the judicial proceedings that are made public. The chapter concludes with Justice M. Hidayatullah's claim that any direction by the court to the press that stifles the citizen's right to know is unconstitutional.
Keywords: J. S. Verma; legal counsel; mass media; public trials; Justice M. Hidayatullah
Chapter. 1780 words.
Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law
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