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Tele-justice bridges India’s courts and jails

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The Government of India has taken nation-wide project to connect jails and district courts across the country via a tele-justice or video conferencing system. With the help of tele-justice, the accused can now be present in a court through a video link, established on ISDN lines, between the prison and the court.

Indian States like Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Bihar have already introduced tele-justice. In Maharashtra, more than 40 jails in and around Mumbai are connected to district level courts through video conferencing. The government is planning to connect 300 jails 2,000 courts through video-conferencing. Polycom, a global player in unified collaborative communications, is to deploy video conferencing equipment across various judiciaries and prisons in India. Andhra Pradesh was one of the first Indian states to introduce these electronic trails, connecting 15 district courts with prisons and installing 31 video endpoints. The tele-conferencing systems allow judges, legal professionals, court officials, inmates and witnesses to seamlessly communicate face-to-face in real-time. Video-conferencing also help to connect more than one courtroom during a trial, and enables the use of more than one application. The system provides a simple user interface, which allows non-technical users such as judges and court staff, to easily operate and maintain the judicial video conferencing system.

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