Administration of criminal justice requires appropriate changes at all levels says Supreme Court judge Dr Justice BS Chauhan

Shimla/ May 31
Supreme Court judge Dr Justice BS Chauhan on Friday said rapid scientific development has taken place in all spheres of human activity hence the entire system around administration of criminal justice requires appropriate changes at all levels, right from police to judicial officers.
He was inaugurating the three-day conference organised here by Himachal Pradesh Judicial Academy in collaboration with National judicial Academy Bhopal on “Administration of criminal justice: Issues and challenges” for judicial officers from Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Allahabad,Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir.
Justice Chauhan said new issues had come up in the society like live-in relationship, false promises of marriages etc. So the courts have to be sensitive in finding out the right cause of such incidents and judicial officers should go in depth to know the facts.
He asked judicial officers to adopt innovative things to deal with situations that arise from time to time so that justice was delivered in the right way.
Chief Justice HP High court Justice AM Khanwilkar said “Criminal Justice depends on chain of benefactors from police, forensic experts, advocates,public prosecutors, witnesses and the courts. Each of these benefactors is important and every part of the chain is to be improved & strengthened.”
Justice Khanwilkar said it was like a house built with a pack of cards. Inaction or act of commission or omission, even by one of these benefactors, inevitably, results in subversion of justice. “It is, therefore, very important to delineate the protocols and best practices to be observed by each of these benefactors,” he said.
He said all the functionaries involved in the criminal Justice delivery should be provided with adequate staff & equipments so as to speed up the process.
In cases concerning women and children, lack of sensitivity by the duty holders is one another significant challenge in the administration of criminal justice system.
“Indeed, the Judges who are expected to control the courts also play a very pivotal role in the administration of criminal justice,” he said.
“They should not be silent spectators. At the same time, they should not give an impression of being proactive, judgemental or opinionated before the trial concludes, he said,” the HC Chief Justice said.
Justice DD Sud of Himachal High Court and Dr Balram Gupta Director National Judicial Academy also spoke on this occasion. Lokayukta HP Justice L.S.Panta, Justice RB Mishra, Justice Surinder Singh Thakur, Justice Kuldeep Singh, , Justice VKSharma, Justice Surjeet Singh, President State Consumer Commission Justice Vinod Prasad,High court Allahabad, Justice S.Nagamuthu High Court Madras, Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia of Uttarakhand High Court were also present on this occasion.