Video Conferencing between Courts and Jails Launched

Notification facilitating Video Conferencing

With a view to expediting the administration of criminal justice, the Government of Kerala launched the e-governance initiative of linking Courts and Prisons in Kerala State via Video Conferencing. The facility was inaugurated on 12th June 2010 by the Hon'ble Chief Justice of Kerala, Justice Jasti Chelameswar at the Central Jail, Trivandrum in the presence of the Hon'ble Home Minister of Kerala, Director General of Police, Additional Chief Secretary and Home Secretary, Government of Kerala. The project also aims at connecting all prisons in the State with courts by providing a mechanism to conduct trials without the physical appearance of under-trials in courts.

Work has been completed in a total of 27 venues in the four districts of Trivandrum (10 studios in 7 locations including 3 prisons and 4 court complexes), Thrissur (15 studios in 12 locations including 4 prisons and 8 court complexes), Kottayam (3 studios in 3 prisons) and Ernakulam (5 studios in 5 prisons). The list of studios where work is completed are as below:

Sl. No. District Location No. of units
1 Thiruvananthapuram Vanchiyoor Court Complex 2
2   Neyyatinakara Court Complex 1
3   Nedumangad Court Complex 1
4   Attingal Court Complex 1
5   Central Prison 2
6   District Jail 2
7   Attingal Sub Jail 1
8 Thrissur District & Sessions Court 2
9   JFCM Court, Wadakkanchery 1
10   JFCM Court, Chalakkudy 1
11   JFCM Court, Kunnamkulam 1
12   JFCM Court, Kodungallur 1
13   JFCM Court, Chavakkad 1
14   JFCM Court, Irinjalakuda 1
15   Civil Station Court Comlex, Irinjalakuda 1
16   Central Prison, Viyyur 2
17   Special Sub Jail, Viyyur 2
18   Sub Jail, Irinjalakuda 1
19   Sub Jail, Chavakkad 1
20 Kottayam Sub Jail, Kottayam 1
21   Sub Jail, Ponkunnam 1
22   Sub Jail, Palai 1
23 Ernakulam Sub Jail, Ernakulam 1
24   Sub Jail, Mattanchery 1
25   Sub Jail, Alwaye 1
26   Sub Jail, Muvattupuzha 1
27   Borstal School, Thrikakkara 1

Work is also going on for connecting additional 7 court complexes in Kottayam and 4 courts complexes in Ernakulam and is expected to be completed by the end of July 2010. The list of studios where work is ongoing are the following:

Sl. No. District Location No. of Units
1 Kottayam District Court Complex 1
2   JFCM Court, Ettumannur 1
3   JFCM Court, Palai 1
4   JFCM Court, Erattupetta 1
5   JFCM Court Complex, Kanjirapally 1
6   JFCM Court, Changanasseri 1
7   Special Court, Vaikkom 1
8 Ernakulam District Court Complex 1
9   JFCM Court, Alwaye 1
10   JFCM Court, Perumbavoor 1
11   JFCM Court Complex, Kochi 1

Once completed, the Video Conferencing facility will enable the trial of any prisoner in these four districts without their physical presence in courts.

The project is being technically implemented by NIC/NICSI. Polycom / Aethra VC equipment has been supplied by NIC/NICSI along with accessories - TV, UPS. Site preparation of studios is being done by the Kerala State Police Housing Construction Corporation and connectivity is being provided by BSNL. Connectivity is through ISDN BRI lines (3 lines per studio) providing a total bandwidth of 384 KBPS.