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Draft Criminal Rules of Practice: Supreme Court Seeks Action, Takes Report from High Courts, States

Lawstreet Journal 31 Mar 2022 7:03am

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The Supreme Court has ordered the Registrar Generals of the High Courts and the Chief Secretaries of State Governments to provide an action report within three weeks from March 24 regarding the compliance of directions to adopt the Draft Criminal Rules of Practice, approved by the court last year.

After noting that most states had not complied with the April 2021 directions, a bench comprised of Justices L Nageswara Rao, S Ravindra Bhat, and BR Gavai issued the directive.

The Court has asked the High Courts to adopt the draft rules of criminal practice, prepared by amici curiae Senior Advocates R Basant, Sidharth Luthra, and Advocate K Paremshwar within a period of six months.

A bench led by then Chief Justice SA Bobde had ordered that the High Courts adopt the stated proposed rules as soon as possible and those current regulations be suitably modified within six months.

If the state government's cooperation is required, the approval of the relevant department or departments, as well as the formal notification of the Draft Rules, must be completed within the six-month timeframe.

The Court also gave the Union Government and the State Government a six-month deadline to make necessary changes to police rules. In Re: To Issue Certain Guidelines Regarding Inadequacies and Deficiencies in Criminal Trials, the directives were issued suo motu.

Senior Advocates R Basant, Sidhath Luthra, and Advocate K Paremeshwar were designated as amici curiae in the matter by the Court. The court had received a draught of the… Continue Reading...

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