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Tripura Judicial Academy Hosts Orientation Program on New Criminal Laws

The Tripura Judicial Academy (TJA) organised a two-day-long "Orientation Programme on Three New Criminal Laws" on Saturday. The program aimed to educate participants on the intricacies of the Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita (Indian Legal Code), Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita (Indian Citizen Protection Code), and Bharatiya Sakshya Adhiniyam (Indian Evidence Act) – all set to replace their British-era counterparts – the Indian Penal Code, the Code of Criminal Procedure, and the Indian Evidence Act, respectively. These new laws will come into effect on July 1, 2024.

The program commenced at the TJA Auditorium in Agartala in presence of Chief Justice of the Tripura High Court, Aparesh Kumar Singh, Judge-in-Charge of Judicial Education and Training for Tripura and Tripura High Court Judge Justice Arindam Lodh and others.

In his address, Justice Singh lauded the Tripura Judicial Academy for its pivotal role in equipping the judicial community with the necessary knowledge and skills. He commended the Academy for its trailblazing efforts in judicial education and training.

Justice Singh highlighted the significance of the three new criminal laws and stressed the need for widespread dissemination of information about them. He emphasized that a thorough understanding of these laws is crucial for all stakeholders involved in the justice system.

Justice Arindam Lodh spoke about the evolving landscape of the Indian Judiciary. He underscored the importance of respecting the legislative vision enshrined in these new laws. Justice Lodh emphasized that the far-reaching societal impact of these laws necessitates a nuanced understanding by all stakeholders, who must ensure their implementation with utmost care.

The program drew a diverse group of around 80 participants. Judicial officers from all levels across the state, advocates from the Tripura High Court, District Bar Associations, Public Prosecutors, Additional and Assistant Public Prosecutors, Probationary Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Administrative Service (IGS) officers of the Tripura cadre, along with law students from the Government Law College and National Law University, Agartala, all attended the event.

TJA Director Ashutosh Pandey said that the orientation program would continue on Sunday. Renowned legal experts will deliver lectures throughout the program. Retired District & Session Judge from Jharkhand Judicial Service Rajendra Bahadur Paul, Director of CAPT Bhopal Anil Kumar Yadav (IPS), and renowned advocate from Madras High Court, Advocate E Chandru, are slated to speak on the intricacies of the three new criminal laws. 

(Tripura, Tripura News)

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