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JKJA holds day long Training programme

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SRINAGAR: A day-long training programme was organized on Saturday by J&K Judicial Academy (JKJA) on “Disposal of Criminal Cases through Plea Bargaining, Compounding of Offences and Probation of Offenders Act” in compliance to Supreme Court order.

The event was held through physical as well as virtual mode for Principal District and Session Judges (PD&SJs), Additional District and Session Judges (AD&SJs) and Chief Judicial Magistrates (CJMs) of J&K UT and Ladakh at District Court Complex Moominabad, here.

The training programme was organised under the patronage of Chief Justice High Court of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey.

Retired Justice Bashir Ahmad Kirmani, former Judge, High Court of J&K was the resource person in the programme.

In his inaugural address, Justice Javed Iqbal Wani, Judge, High Court of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh described the significance of the concept of justice in maintaining a delicate equation between qualitative and speedy justice within the justice delivery mechanism through statutory procedures.

He also stated that the triple concepts of Plea Bargaining, Compounding of cases and Probation of Offenders Act are the alternative modes of dispute resolution in criminal cases which not only play an important role in bringing down the pendency of cases but also afford an opportunity to the offenders to return back to normal life instead of incarceration which is in consonance with the principle of reformation.

Justice (Retd) Bashir Ahmad Kirmani, in his special remarks underscored the importance of the statutory provisions of Plea Bargaining, Compounding of cases and Probation of Offenders Act in clearing the backlog of pending cases in various courts.

He also stressed that since the new institution of cases out-numbers the disposal of cases, it is imperative that alternative modes are adopted to lessen the pendency in courts.

He also emphasised that the judicial officers must tone-up their abilities and craftsmanship in clearing the backlog yet they must not lose sight of the concept of justice which is the essence of the whole system of administration of justice.

Director JKJA Shahzad Azeem welcomed the participants and gave an overview of the programme.

He said the present day criminal justice system is severely affected by the inordinate delays and enormous pendency of cases in courts which is a potent factor for the overcrowding of jails and has a cryptic tendency to negatively impact the entire domain of administration of justice.

He described the provisions of Plea Bargaining, Compounding of cases and Probation of Offenders Act, as sure alternative modes for disposal of cases which have the capacity of playing a very decisive role in bringing down the figures of pending cases in the courts.

In the technical sessions, Justice Bashir Ahmad Kirmani, resource person deliberated upon the concept and provisions relating to the provisions of Plea Bargaining, Compounding of cases and Probation of Offenders Act and the procedure for disposal of criminal cases by effectuating the provisions in compliance to the directions of the Supreme Court.

Later, an interactive session was held during which the participants deliberated and discussed the various aspects of the subject topic and raised queries which were satisfactorily settled by the resource person.

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