State Judicial Academy in collaboration with “Save the Children” today organized one day workshop on Juvenile Justice System for Judicial and Police Officers of Kashmir province.
The workshop was organized on the directions of Juvenile Justice Committee, Supreme Court of India headed by Justice Madan B Lokur and 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 Justice Alok Aradhe, Chairman, Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey, Member SJA (Chairman Committee on Juvenile Justice), Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur (Member Committee on Juvenile Justice) and Justice Janak Raj Kotwal, Member SJA.
The workshop was inaugurated by the Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar, former Judge, High Court of Jammu and Kashmir in the presence of Sharif Bhat, State Programme Manager, Save the Children, Vikram Srivastav, Advocate, Resource Person, Judicial Officers and Police Officers.
In his welcome address, Director, State Judicial Academy Abdul Rashid Malik highlighted statement of objects and reasons behind the Juvenile Justice Act
Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar, 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 the hope that one day workshop will sensitize the Judicial Officers and the Police Officers about their role and responsibility so that the object of the Act is achieved in letter and spirit.
“It is unfortunate that our children have not got the benefit of Juvenile Justice Act and Rules till date as the structures envisaged under the Act like setting up of Child Protection Units, Child Welfare Committees, Probation Officers and Juvenile Justice Boards are still a dream and expressed the hope that these child friendly bodies will be set up as early as possible to address the problem of children in need of care and protection and children in conflict with law”, he said.
Sharif Bhat, State Programme Manager, Save the Children gave a brief account of Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) by informing the participant that the scheme is aimed at creating a safety net for protection of all children across the country with special focus on vulnerable children.
Advocate Vikram Srivastav, Resource Person in Session-I deliberated upon aims, objectives and principles of Juvenile Justice Act. In Session-II, he dealt with bail and age determination under Juvenile Justice Act. In Session-III, procedure under Juvenile Justice Act was debated and discussed at length.