Jammu Tawi, December 17
Under the guidance and patronage of Chief Patron of the J&K State Judicial Academy, Justice N Paul Vasanthakumar, Chief Justice, High Court of Jammu and Kashmir and governing body of the State Judicial Academy (Mr Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar, Chairman and Justice Janak Raj Kotwal, Member), J&K State Judicial Academy in collaboration with SAVE the Children, organized one day workshop on Juvenile Justice System for Judicial Officers and Public Prosecutors of Jammu province.
The workshop was inaugurated by Justice Janak Raj Kotwal, Judge, High Court of Jammu and Kashmir (Member, J&K State Judicial Academy) in presence of Sajad Ahmad Khan, Secretary, Social Welfare Department, Sharif Bhat, State Programme Manager, Save the Children, Maharukh Adenwalla, resource person, Judicial Officers and Public Prosecutors.
Justice Janak Raj Kotwal, in his inaugural address, emphasized that the role of the judicial officers in implementation of Juvenile Justice Act and Rules is very crucial and expressed hope that the workshop will sensitize the participants about their role and responsibility so that the object of the Act is achieved in letter and spirit.
Proceedings of the workshop were conducted by Abdul Rashid Malik, Director, J&K State Judicial Academy.
While speaking on the occasion, he said that the main objective of the Act is to establish a uniform framework for care, protection, maintenance, welfare, training, education, exploitation and vulnerability to deviant behaviour. He said that Juvenile Justice Boards (JJBs) have enormous powers and Adjudication of the case is just one of the functions of JJB. The quality of justice which is to be delivered by the Juvenile Justice Courts is similar to that of superior courts. He also informed that considerations for grant of bail under Juvenile Justice Act are different from those under criminal law and bail is generally perceived as a matter of right of the child. The work of the Board is to decide whether a child has come in conflict with law or not and to find out what were the factors which brought the child to a state of delinquency and then to decide further course of action which could reform, mainstream and rehabilitate the child.
Malik emphasized that in absence of JJBs, the purpose and objective of the Act cannot be realized and the need of the hour is to establish these vital units in the State as early as possible.
Maharukh Adenwalla, deliberated upon aims, objectives and principles of Juvenile Justice Act in length. There was in house discussion, question and answer session and all the Judicial Officers and Public Prosecutors shared their experience while dealing with children in conflict with law and sought clarifications.