Delhi HC issues notice on inquiry of Juveniles who are in conflict with law

Juvenile Justice Board Inquiry Delhi High court Order

Alka Verma – 

Published On: November 06,2021 at 15:48 IST

To make the process of inquiries smooth and organized, the Delhi High Court issued certain guidelines involving Juveniles who are in conflict with the law and scrupulous compliance by all authorities.

A Bench comprising Justice Siddharth Mridul and Justice Anup J Bhambhani passed certain directions while dealing with a case titled Court On Its Own Motion v. State.

The Court passed certain directions and those are as follows – 

  • In all such petty cases where some directions have been issued by a JJB, the Court directed the Investigating Officer to collect and file all the required documents within 15 days of such orders.
  • In all such cases where some directions have been issued by a JJB, it is the duty of the Investigating Officer to ensure that an ossification test is conducted, and the same officer is responsible to file a report within 15 days before JJB.
  • In all such cases, it is the duty of the JJB to ensure that the process of age-determination of the juvenile is completed within 15 days from the filing of documents by the Investigating Officer, ordered by the Court.
  • The Court also directed institutions such as schools, hospitals, and the Government to cooperate with JJB during the process of age determination.

The Court made these directions while dealing with the case of the Principal Magistrate of JJB.

In the said case the Principal Magistrate raised the question in which a child is in conflict with the Law and the child also needs care and protection.

The Court while hearing the case, also ordered the Delhi Government to find out all the petty cases involving Juveniles that are pending before the JJB within 4 weeks.

“The State is also directed to apprise the court as to the status of the proposal to increase the number of JJBs in the city, including the timelines proposed for the purpose,” added the Court.

Lastly, the High Court also noted that because of COVID, juveniles were not produced before the JJB, and at the end listed the matter on 14th December for further hearing.

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