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Slow Internet at courts complex bane of lawyers

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Amritsar, October 5

Slow speed of Internet at the District Courts Complex has become a headache for advocates as the court proceedings were being held virtually in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak. Lawyers complained that even before the lockdown, they used to experience similar issue.

The Bar Association had moved a reference with the judicial office demanding that private companies should be allowed to instal mobile towers at the complex. The judicial office forwarded the request to the Registrar of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Sources said a reminder was sent in June and they were still waiting for the reply.

As the court hearings were being held through video-conferencing, lawyers complained that due to slow Internet, videos often freeze and they can barley understand or hear anything due to poor network. "Proper communication fails to take place due to the slow speed of Internet. While interacting with a judicial official one cannot ask him to repeat what he said," said a lawyer.

Advocate Kuljeet Singh Malawali said, "When we talk with mobile service providers, they say that it is due to the shortage of mobile towers in the area and they cannot do anything." He said Internet has become an essential service and a solution to the problem must be found.

Another advocate, Manoj Kumar said, "The court hearings are happening through video-conferencing. Without proper Internet connection, lawyers cannot present the facts before the court in a proper manner. As a result, it may affect their case and clients." — TNS



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