Centre for Research in Criminal Justice at MNLU
Bombay High Court judges Justice NH Patil and Justice AS Oka on Saturday inaugurated the Centre for Research in Criminal Justice (CRCJ), an initiative of the Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Mumbai.
The Centre aims to improve research in criminal justice administration and make a quality contribution towards an efficient criminal justice administration through theactive participation of students, judiciary, civil society members and other relevant stakeholders.
Justice Patil dealt with the lack of proper investigation procedure in criminal investigations in India and its adverse consequence on criminal justice administration. He emphasized on the need to have a proper scientific investigation mechanism in place so as to deal with theprosecution of criminal cases effectively. He proposed certain areas of research within the realm of criminal administration system that could be undertaken by CRCJ including the existing flaws in criminal investigation system, hindrances in fair and efficient trials, prison reforms systems, role of media in sensitive criminal cases and role of public prosecutors.
For his part, Justice AS Oka highlighted the objective behind establishing NLUs across India and the role of CRCJ towards attaining that objective. He further urged the dignitaries present to extend all possible support and cooperation to make CRCJ a success.
Prof. (Dr.) B.P Panda, Vice Chancellor of MNLU Mumbai, highlighted the present status of the criminal justice system in India and role of CRCJ towards a quality research and hence betterment of criminal justice administration.
Milind Sathe (President, Bombay Bar Association) highlighted the journey of criminal justice administration in India from 1773 till date through various landmark judgements while Ashutosh Kumbhakoni, Advocate General, Maharashtra, emphasised upon the role of society, the principle stakeholder in criminal justice towards achieving an efficient criminal justice administration.
A roundtable on Challenges to Criminal Justice Administration in Maharashtra was held after the event wherein the members of the judiciary, the bar and academia participated.
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