11-12 March 2017: Two Days Training for the Judges of Children’s Courts on Juvenile Justice and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences.
The Centre for Child Rights, the specialized research centre of NLU Odisha, is organizing a two days training and orientation for the session judges of the special courts (children’s courts) on
Juvenile Justice and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences on 11thand 12th March 2017 with the support of UNICEF for ‘Effective Implementation of Children’s Laws in Odisha’. The Protection of Children from Sexual Offence Act,2012 (POCSO Act) which has come into force with effect from 14th November 2012 along with the Rules framed there under is a comprehensive law to provide for the protection of children from the offences of sexual
assault, sexual harassment, and pornography, while safeguarding the interest of the child at every stage of judicial process by incorporating child-friendly mechanisms for reporting, recording evidence, investigation and speedy trial of offences through special courts. Therefore, the POCSO Act envisages proactive role of the judiciary at different stages of dispensing justice to children to ensure proper rehabilitation and social reintegration. Further the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 has expanded the roles of Children’s Courts both as
trial court in respect of heinous crimes committed by children above 16 years of age and also as Appellate Authority. Further, the responsibilities as trial court on sexual offences committed against children by adults and also by children have also expanded the scope of proactive role by Children’s Courts. The two days training has been contemplated in view of the above context and with the objective to understand and contextualize the inter-linkage between juvenile justice and POCSO Act and roles and accountability of the children’s court in dispensing justice in child-centric perspective. The contents of the orientation would include: Why children commit crimesituational
analysis and realities, Child in conflict with law: Entitlement under the juvenile justice act of 2015, Juvenile justice system and vulnerable children: obligations and accountability of judiciary, Roles of various stakeholders and civil society in the administration of juvenile justice, Child sexual abuse: laws and policies, Anti-Human Trafficking: International and national legal framework, Strategies to assess mental and physical ability of children
infringing criminal laws, Crimes against children and prosecuting offenders: Role of prosecutor, and Linking justice delivery and rule of law with rehabilitation justice. The training will be attended by the Additional District and Session Judges from 30 districts of Odisha which has been notified as ‘Special Courts’ under POCSO Act, 2012. Among others Prof. Bhusan Tilak Kaul, Charperson, Delhi Judicial Academy, Prof. Ved Kumari, Centre for Law, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, Dr. N. Jagadeesh, Professor of Forensic Medicine, Bengaluru, Mr. Razirdzedar Rozedar, Addl. P.P, Andhra Pradesh, Prof.Udai Raj Rai, NLU Odisha and Prof. Srikrishna Deva Rao, Vice-Chancellor, NLU Odisha shall be distinguished speakers to address thematic sessions of the training. Hon’ble Dr. Justice D.P. Choudhury, Judge Orissa High Court has given kind consent to grace valedictory session of the training.