Golden Jubilee Celebrations of District Courts, Chandigarh.
Chandigarh, 1st November, 2016: The inaugural function of Golden Jubilee celebrations of District Courts, Chandigarh was held today. Hon’ble Mr. Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel, Judge Supreme Court of India was the Chief Guest and Hon’ble Mr. Justice Shiavax Jal Vazifdar, Chief Justice Punjab and Haryana High Court presided over the function.
The celebrations are being held for over a period of five days with different events each day. Large number of Judges of the Hon’ble Punjab and Haryana High Court and other High Courts were present on the occasion, including Hon’ble Mr. Justice Surya Kant, Hon’ble Mr. Justice M.Jeyapaul and Hon’ble Mr. Justice Mahesh Grover of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
The new premises for Juvenile Justice Board was inaugurated today in the building of Juvenile Home at Sector 25 Chandigarh. It was inaugurated by Hon’ble Mr. Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel, Judge, Supreme Court of India. Hon’ble Mr Justice Shiavax Jal Vazifdar, Chief Justice, Punjab and Haryana High Court was the Guest of Honor and the function was presided over by in the presence of Hon’ble Mr. Justice M. Jeyapaul, Judge, Punjab and Haryana High Court, Sh. Ajit Balaji Joshi, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, UT Chandigarh, Smt. Tapasya Raghav, IAS, SDM (E).
The Government of India enacted the Juvenile Justice Act in 1986. This act for a child or juvenile is defined as a person who has not completed his/her 18th year of age. JJBs must contain a Metropolitan or Judicial magistrate and two social workers where one of the workers must be a woman. Juveniles accused of a crime or detained for a crime are brought before the JJB under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2000 (amended in 2006). Under this act and provisions of the Criminal Code Procedure children are not to be taken to a regular criminal court. The purpose of a separate court is that its purpose is socio-legal rehabilitation and reformation not punishment. The aim is to hold a child culpable for their criminal activity, not through punishment, but counseling the child to understand their actions and persuade them away from criminal activities in the future. As the proceedings of JJB are not to b held in regular criminal court so board shall hear matters in new premises in Juvenile Home