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While litigants are in a quandary over the suspension of court proceedings, lawyers are equally unsettled as their livelihoods are dependent on the regular functioning of the courts.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Leverage Covid-19 to reform justice delivery

By Anand Prasad and Moksha Bhat
PUBLISHED ON OCT 15, 2020 11:26 AM IST
The only feasible option is to explore the possibility of moving justice delivery to technology platforms
Filmmaker Pankaj Purohit
Filmmaker Pankaj Purohit

Filmmaker Pankaj Purohit gathers SSR’s murder is an eye-opener

UPDATED ON AUG 26, 2020 07:06 PM IST
Purohit said, “Victims want their restitution. Family are entitled to their restitution.”
A Punjab and Haryana high court bench has said that granting bail to a habitual offender could lead to his trying to tamper with the prosecution evidence by giving threat or inducement to the prosecution witnesses or even to abscond to delay the trial.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
A Punjab and Haryana high court bench has said that granting bail to a habitual offender could lead to his trying to tamper with the prosecution evidence by giving threat or inducement to the prosecution witnesses or even to abscond to delay the trial.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Rise in snatching cases alarming, no leniency for perpetrators: High court

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By HT Correspondent, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JUL 31, 2020 12:48 AM IST
TALKING TOUGH Court dismisses bail plea of 22-year-old snatching accused, says going easy on criminals will make people lose faith in the criminal justice system.
As part of the exercise, the Modi government is seeking to embark on an exercise to decriminalize criminal offences that are deemed to be minor.(HT File (Representative Image))
As part of the exercise, the Modi government is seeking to embark on an exercise to decriminalize criminal offences that are deemed to be minor.(HT File (Representative Image))

Centre looks to simplify laws, decriminalise minor offences

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Amandeep Shukla, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 03, 2020 03:45 AM IST
The government has been making a concerted effort to simplify the laws and increase the efficiency of the criminal justice system.
Riot cases must be investigated in a time-bound manner by a Special Investigation Team which is above political pressure(AP)
Riot cases must be investigated in a time-bound manner by a Special Investigation Team which is above political pressure(AP)

Victims of Delhi riots must get speedy justice | HT Editorial

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 01, 2020 06:03 PM IST
The SITs must act fast. Cases must be fast-tracked for closure
The SC order will force political parties to be more transparent. But it is also important to underline the limits of the order and the scope of misuse(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
The SC order will force political parties to be more transparent. But it is also important to underline the limits of the order and the scope of misuse(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

Disentangling politics and crime

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON FEB 13, 2020 07:58 PM IST
Well-intentioned as it is, the SC order will not resolve the crisis
Data shows that if constructive measures are not taken, thousands will continue to suffer behind bars in inhumane conditions, awaiting a declaration of their guilt or innocence(Hindustan Times)
Data shows that if constructive measures are not taken, thousands will continue to suffer behind bars in inhumane conditions, awaiting a declaration of their guilt or innocence(Hindustan Times)

Analysis| India’s prison system needs urgent reform

By Madhurima Dhanuka and Siddharth Lamba
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2020 05:55 PM IST
The 2018 statistics on prison must spur the criminal justice system to assess, evaluate and take affirmative steps
The funnels vest discretion in the individual officers, be it police officers or the magistrates, who decide whether or not there is sufficient basis to proceed further with a case at each stage(Santosh Kumar / Hindustan Times)
The funnels vest discretion in the individual officers, be it police officers or the magistrates, who decide whether or not there is sufficient basis to proceed further with a case at each stage(Santosh Kumar / Hindustan Times)

Disentangling the threads of a broken criminal justice system

By Abhinav Sekhri
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2020 07:10 PM IST
Every actor – the police, the accused, lawyers, judges, prosecutors – wants to go to trial. Change the incentives
The law against sexual violence was strengthened following the recommendations of the Justice JS Verma committee, which was set up after the Delhi gang rape.(AP)
The law against sexual violence was strengthened following the recommendations of the Justice JS Verma committee, which was set up after the Delhi gang rape.(AP)

Is death penalty truly a deterrent?

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JAN 08, 2020 06:02 PM IST
To make India safe for women, address systemic, legal issues
What is more worrying is the reaction by politicians and the public, who lauded the killing and heaped accolades on the police on the grounds that justice had been served(PTI)
What is more worrying is the reaction by politicians and the public, who lauded the killing and heaped accolades on the police on the grounds that justice had been served(PTI)

Why rule of law and due process are sacrosanct | HT Editorial

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2019 05:56 PM IST
Killing the rape and murder accused may satisfy public sentiment. But it is wrong
President Ram Nath Kovind with Chief Justice SA Bobde in Jodhpur on Saturday.(ANI PHOTO.)
President Ram Nath Kovind with Chief Justice SA Bobde in Jodhpur on Saturday.(ANI PHOTO.)

‘Justice must never take the form of revenge’: CJI Bobde

Hindustan Times, Jodhpur | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2019 06:46 AM IST
At the same time, Bobde said the recent events in the country sparked off an old debate with new vigour, and that there was no doubt that the criminal justice system must reconsider its position and attitude towards the time it took to dispose of a case.
Adopt AI incrementally; be open to user feedback; base its use on research; and ensure adequate training(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Adopt AI incrementally; be open to user feedback; base its use on research; and ensure adequate training(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Can artificial intelligence help reform Indian courts? | Opinion

By Ameen Jauhar
UPDATED ON NOV 28, 2019 07:51 PM IST
AI can aid judicial reform. But do remain cautious about abuse of big data sets, and biases in technology
The Chief Justice of India, SA Bobde, on Thursday highlighted the need to harness the use of artificial intelligence in judicial decision-making and quicker delivery of justice.(PTI Photo)
The Chief Justice of India, SA Bobde, on Thursday highlighted the need to harness the use of artificial intelligence in judicial decision-making and quicker delivery of justice.(PTI Photo)

CJI Bobde calls for use of artificial intelligence in justice system

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 22, 2019 01:55 AM IST
“Exploring this interface would allow us to streamline courts caseloads through enabling better court management,” said CJI Bobde.
An important task before the new CJI is to keep open the channels of communication between the judiciary and the public(PTI)
An important task before the new CJI is to keep open the channels of communication between the judiciary and the public(PTI)

Restoring the stature of the Supreme Court | Analysis

By Madan Lokur
UPDATED ON NOV 20, 2019 12:10 PM IST
CJI Bobde has to instil faith among judges, the legal fraternity and citizens in the justice system
Delhi police personnel hold placards as they gather outside police headquarters to protest against the alleged attack by lawyers at Tis Hazari and Saket courts, New Delhi, November 5, 2019(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Delhi police personnel hold placards as they gather outside police headquarters to protest against the alleged attack by lawyers at Tis Hazari and Saket courts, New Delhi, November 5, 2019(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
India cannot become a superpower on the back of an antiquated criminal justice system(HT FILE PHOTO)
India cannot become a superpower on the back of an antiquated criminal justice system(HT FILE PHOTO)

Reforming India’s broken criminal justice system | Opinion

By Vipul Mudgal
UPDATED ON NOV 12, 2019 06:16 PM IST
India’s politicians seem to prefer a system they can manipulate. But if there is a will to reform, here is a way.
The year-on-year trend over five years [2012-2016] shows between 0.5 to 1.5% increase in the share of undertrials per year.(Getty Images/Vetta)
The year-on-year trend over five years [2012-2016] shows between 0.5 to 1.5% increase in the share of undertrials per year.(Getty Images/Vetta)

Prison reforms crucial to refining the justice system

By Vijay Raghavan
PUBLISHED ON NOV 12, 2019 04:23 AM IST
Some of the findings are stark: the average prison occupancy is 114%; 19 out of 36 states and UTs (where data was available; J&K, which was recently bifurcated, has been included as a state) have more than 100% occupancy; Delhi has 180% occupancy.
Policemen protest after the last week’s clash with lawyers, New Delhi, November 5(REUTERS)
Policemen protest after the last week’s clash with lawyers, New Delhi, November 5(REUTERS)

The lawyer-police clash: An unedifying spectacle | HT editorial

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 06, 2019 08:36 PM IST
The clash in Delhi undermines faith in the system
Always in the dock: Zeenat Aman in Insaf ka Tarazu.(HT Archives)
Always in the dock: Zeenat Aman in Insaf ka Tarazu.(HT Archives)

Book Review: A Patchwork Family by Mukta Sathe

Hindustan Times | By Lamat R Hasan
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2019 01:02 PM IST
An exhaustive commentary on our deeply flawed judicial and educational systems.
In 2016, more than 36,000 cases were registered under Pocso. But trials commenced only in 6,449 cases. Verdicts were passed in 911 cases, an abysmal 4% of the total cases(REUTERS)
In 2016, more than 36,000 cases were registered under Pocso. But trials commenced only in 6,449 cases. Verdicts were passed in 911 cases, an abysmal 4% of the total cases(REUTERS)

Rethinking the legal regime against child abuse

By Shireen Vakil
PUBLISHED ON SEP 11, 2019 07:24 PM IST
Rather than stricter provisions, enforce the current law, be sensitive to victims, and ensure certainty of punishment
While the epidemic of lynching wasn’t born out of a flaw in the justice system, it is in effect, a rejection of it(REUTERS)
While the epidemic of lynching wasn’t born out of a flaw in the justice system, it is in effect, a rejection of it(REUTERS)

End mob violence, restore rule of law

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 03, 2019 07:37 PM IST
Vigilante justice is growing. Address it through legislation and a change in mindset.
35-40% of junior personnel believe mob justice is natural in cases like cow slaughter. 20% don’t see anything wrong in killing ‘dangerous criminals’ and prefer it to legal trials(Gurpreet Singh/Hindustan Times)
35-40% of junior personnel believe mob justice is natural in cases like cow slaughter. 20% don’t see anything wrong in killing ‘dangerous criminals’ and prefer it to legal trials(Gurpreet Singh/Hindustan Times)

To become a just society, strike a balance between firm and fair law enforcement

By Vipul Mudgal
UPDATED ON AUG 27, 2019 06:05 PM IST
A study shows glaring gaps in Indian policing — from unfilled quotas of SC/STs to a dip in women officers.
Gurugram, India- August 07, 2019: District and Sessions judge, Ravi Kumar Sondhi and Chief Judicial magistrate (CJM) Narender Singh address a press conference at District Court, in Gurugram, India on Wednesday, August 07, 2019. The District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) has launched a campaign on Wednesday to give legal assistance to family members of prisoners - under trial and remand prisoners - lodged in the Bhondsi jail. (Photo by Yogendra Kumar/Hindustan Times)(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Gurugram, India- August 07, 2019: District and Sessions judge, Ravi Kumar Sondhi and Chief Judicial magistrate (CJM) Narender Singh address a press conference at District Court, in Gurugram, India on Wednesday, August 07, 2019. The District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) has launched a campaign on Wednesday to give legal assistance to family members of prisoners - under trial and remand prisoners - lodged in the Bhondsi jail. (Photo by Yogendra Kumar/Hindustan Times)(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Campaign to give legal assistance to family members of prisoners

Gurugram | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 08, 2019 02:48 AM IST
Officials said that the campaign was aimed at offering legal and non-legal assistance to prisoners and their family members.
People take part in a rally for the Unnao rape victim, New Delhi, July 29(AFP)
People take part in a rally for the Unnao rape victim, New Delhi, July 29(AFP)

It is time to rethink India’s witness testimony process

By Abhinav Sekhri
PUBLISHED ON AUG 01, 2019 07:58 PM IST
Pay more attention to ensure that the initial statements made by persons can be later used as evidence in court
Protest organisers have announced plans for another mass rally for Sunday.(AFP File Photo)
Protest organisers have announced plans for another mass rally for Sunday.(AFP File Photo)

Hong Kong protests against extradition bill were ‘riots’: Beijing

Beijing | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON JUN 13, 2019 03:37 PM IST
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang Thursday said the largely peaceful protests were “an act that undermines Hong Kong’s stability.”
The site had been picked as there are many graves and memorials for the victims of Nazism there.(Image for representation/AP/File photo)
The site had been picked as there are many graves and memorials for the victims of Nazism there.(Image for representation/AP/File photo)

Remains of Nazi victims to be buried in Berlin, decades later

Agence France-Presse | By Agence France-Presse
PUBLISHED ON MAY 10, 2019 02:56 PM IST
A ceremony will be held on Monday in the Dorotheenstadt cemetery in central Berlin, with descendants of the Nazi victims expected to attend, before the remains are finally laid to rest.
Supreme Court understood my pain, says Gujarat gangrape survivor Bilkis Bano(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Supreme Court understood my pain, says Gujarat gangrape survivor Bilkis Bano(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

Supreme Court understood my pain, says Gujarat gangrape survivor Bilkis Bano

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 26, 2019 07:06 AM IST
Bano’s legal battle of over 15 years began after the state police dismissed her case citing lack of evidence. The top court then ordered the Central Bureau of Investigation to take over in December 2003, who arrested all accused named by Bano .
In the video clip that surfaced on social media on Wednesday, a dozen men were seen assaulting a person from Nigeria in Delhi’s Dwarka area.(Video Grab)
In the video clip that surfaced on social media on Wednesday, a dozen men were seen assaulting a person from Nigeria in Delhi’s Dwarka area.(Video Grab)

Empathy, prejudice play role in people’s reaction to violence

New Delhi | By Abhishek Dey
PUBLISHED ON MAR 21, 2019 04:26 AM IST
Most of those who assaulted him were purportedly onlookers who sympathised with the traffic policeman who the Nigerian, named Prince, allegedly manhandled over a traffic violation.
Supreme Court pronounced its verdict on the constitutional validity of the controversial Section 66A of the Information Technology (IT) Act. (Sunil Saxena/HT File Photo)(Sunil Saxena/HT File Photo)
Supreme Court pronounced its verdict on the constitutional validity of the controversial Section 66A of the Information Technology (IT) Act. (Sunil Saxena/HT File Photo)(Sunil Saxena/HT File Photo)

The judicial impact needs an urgent assessment

By GS Bajpai
UPDATED ON MAR 22, 2019 04:22 PM IST
In the realm of judicial impact assessment, we have five core issues to examine
A Supreme Court panel has launched a pilot project in Telangana’s Warangal district to integrate two crucial pillars of the criminal justice delivery system -- the courts and police stations.(Sonu Mehta/HT File PHOTO)
A Supreme Court panel has launched a pilot project in Telangana’s Warangal district to integrate two crucial pillars of the criminal justice delivery system -- the courts and police stations.(Sonu Mehta/HT File PHOTO)

Supreme Court launches pilot project in Telangana’s Warangal to integrate police stations, courts

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Bhadra Sinha
PUBLISHED ON DEC 27, 2018 10:06 AM IST
With inter-operable criminal justice system (ICJS), an initiative of the apex court’s eCommittee, in place, the courts can access live data of FIRs and charge sheets from the police, provided both are ready, in electronic form in the police system. Judges will have access to details of cases, FIR numbers, names of the accused and details of arrest the moment they are uploaded into the system.
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