As we know that due to the outbreak of COVID-19, courts have started hearing cases through video conferencing, during which there have been incidents of unfortunate misbehavior and courtesies between lawyers and litigants through video conferencing platforms.
A man was seen brushing his teeth and shaving during the proceedings before Justice VG Arun today.
“The video showed a man who had just woken up, walking back and forth in a washroom with a washbasin, shaving his face or brushing his teeth.”
Although it seems that Justice Arun did not pay heed to it, a video of the incident is being widely shared on social media.
A similar incident had come to the fore a few months back when a shirtless man in the court was listening to the proceedings by switching on his camera. After this, the court took care that those who are present for the hearing should maintain their dignity in the Courtroom.
Earlier on December 21, 2021, the Madras High Court had initiated contempt of court proceedings against RD Santhana Krishnan (lawyer) after a woman was found to have an objectionable position in the court proceedings during a video conference.
In August 2020, the Supreme Court saw a lawyer chewing “gutkha” during a virtual hearing in front of it. When the bench interrupted him, the lawyer ended with only a humble “sorry”.
Similarly, the Gujarat High Court in September 2020 fined a lawyer who was seen “spitting” on camera during the hearing.
During the video conference hearing in the court, lawyers were seen riding scooters and appearing from inside their cars and were asked to exercise caution.
Another incident came to light when an unidentified youth started singing songs from Chawla’s films during a hearing before the Delhi High Court in a case challenging the rollout of 5G technology by a fan actress Juhi Chawla.
All these incidents are ridiculous as well as contempt of court. It is inappropriate behavior to have such activities unintentionally during such an important video call and many such instances have been caught on camera. However, on Monday, keeping all these in mind, the Supreme Court asked the lawyers and the petitioners in person to attend the hearings before the apex court through laptops/desktops with stable internet and connection and to avoid using mobile phones.