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REVISED NORMS FOR ACCREDITATION OF THE LEGAL CORRESPONDENTS IN THE SUPREME COURT OF INDIA (Dated 03-01-2007)

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REVISED NORMS FOR ACCREDITATION OF THE LEGAL
CORRESPONDENTS IN THE SUPREME COURT OF INDIA
(Dated 03-01-2007)
1. He must have a Law degree recognized by the Bar Council of India
under the Advocate Act.
2. He should ordinarily have seven years’ Court reporting experience
in a daily newspaper and/or a national or international news agency
or electronic Media Organization of which at least five years must
be at Supreme Court or at any High Court(s) in India.
Provided, however, that out of the said period of five years three
and a half years at least should, immediately prior to the
application for accreditation, be continuous.
OR
He should have five years continuous regular court reporting
experience for an Electronic Media Organization, immediately
prior to the application for accreditation, of which at least two
years must be in Supreme Court or at any High Court(s) in India.
3. He has regularly reported the proceedings of the Supreme Court for
at least six months for a daily newspaper or for one year for an
electronic media organization, on temporary accreditation granted
to him and continues to represent a daily newspaper of not less
than 40,000 circulation certified by the Registrar of Newspapers,
the Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC) or the Director of State
1Information Bureau or a national or international news agency or
an electronic media organization. 
3 (A) The Chief Justice of India, for special reasons, may refer to the
Accreditation Committee the case of any deserving candidate for
consideration of according accreditation in relaxation of the rules
and guidelines and on such reference the Accreditation Committee
may advise the Chief Justice of India suitably.
4. On being granted regular accreditation on the prescribed
application, the legal correspondent will be issued an identity card
which will be valid for one year and which will have to be renewed
annually.
5. In case, an accredited legal correspondent is transferred or
otherwise ceases to represent the above-mentioned newspaper,
news agency or electronic media organization for which he was
granted accreditation, he shall, within two weeks of such transfer
or cessation, return the identity card issued to him by the Supreme
Court Registry.
6. TEMPORARY ACCREDITATION:
An applicant for temporary accreditation will be eligible for
consideration on his fulfilling the following conditions:
(a) He is working journalist desiring to report regularly the
Supreme Court proceedings and furnishes a letter from his
2newspaper, news agency or other media organization
concerned to that effect.
(b) He possesses a Law degree recognized by the Bar Council of
India under the Advocates Act.
(c) The application must be accompanied by an attested copy of
the Law degree.
(d) He should ordinarily have seven years’ Court reporting
experience in a daily newspaper and/or a national or
international news agency or electronic Media Organization
of which at least five years must be at Supreme Court or at
any High Court(s) in India.
Provided, however, that out of the said period of five years
three and a half years at least should, immediately prior to
the application for accreditation be continuous.
OR
He should have 3 ½ years continuous regular court
reporting experience for an Electronic Media Organization,
immediately prior to the application for accreditation, of
which at least 1 ½ years must be in Supreme Court or at any
High Court(s) in India.
(e) The application must be supported by clippings showing the
Court reportage for the requisite number of years and a letter
3from the Chief Editor certifying the above-mentioned
experience of reportage. Clipping will however not be
required, if experience of Court reporting for a news paper is
not claimed.
7. All facilities including the supply of free cause list and a copy of
the judgment / order will be confined only to the accredited legal
correspondents. Each media organization will be entitled to only
one free copy of the judgment / order / cause list through its
regularly accredited correspondent.
7(A) An Accredited correspondent, regular or temporary, shall while in
Court precincts be in a formal dress, in a manner befitting the décor
of the Court and displaying prominently his accreditation card.
8. TEMPORARY REPORTING FACILITY:
The Registrar in his discretion may grant temporary reporting
facility to a working journalist for a day / short duration or for a
specific case on his fulfilling the following criteria:
He must submit a formal letter from the Editor making a specific
request along with his PIB Accreditation Card of Parliament Pass
for correspondents for being considered for the grant of such
temporary reporting facility.
9. That whenever a press representative who has been accorded
accreditation leaves the Press / Agency / Organization which he is
4representing and joins another Press / Agency / Organization, he
may not be extended the privileges of an accredited press
representatives unless he seeks fresh accreditation by making
appropriate application in accordance with the norms.
10. Grant of accreditation will be in sole discretion of Hon’ble the
Chief Justice of India and his decision in this regard shall be final
and binding on all. 
11. The accreditation, whether permanent or temporary, can be
withdrawn, at any time, without assigning any reason.
These guidelines are dated 03-01-2007.
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