HC Grants Govt Time For Setting Up Juvenile Justice Boards

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Srinagar—The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Thursday granted time to Government with regard to decisions taken for establishment of Juvenile Justice Boards, Child Welfare Committees across Jammu and Kashmir.

The directions were passed by a Division Bench of Justices Ramalingam Sudhakar and Ali Mohammad Magrey after being informed that the Government was taking steps for the same.

Additional advocate general M I Dar submitted that Government was going on right direction about the implementation of JJ Act and subsequent court issued the directions.

 “It is heartening to note that the decision has been taken to constitute the board and responsibilities have been fixed on the Social Welfare Department, Finance and Law and that the dead line has been fixed as 31 December 2017,” the court had said on previous kearing after perusal of an affidavit submitted by Commissioner Secretary Social Welfare Department.

The officer had said that a committee chaired by the Chief Secretary decided to constitute JJBs in all the districts but in a phased manner as the institutions of such board in one go may not be possible.

In the first phase, he had said eight JJBs are being set up in Anantnag, Baramulla, Srinagar in Kashmir division and Jammu, Doda, Rajouri districts in Jammu division beasides one each in Kargil and Leh in Ladakh region.

“This also entails that there would be creation of 8 additional posts of judicial magistrates so that the JJBs can be mend by them and the other judicial work does not suffer,” the court had observed.

The court had also observed that it appears from the affidavit and the draft of minutes of the meeting that along with the establishment of 8 JJBs in the first phase, there was also establishment of 8 observation homes for the eight districts.

The court had directed the government to constitute the JJBs by 28 December 2015, observing that the purpose of enacting Juvenile Justice Act in the state “stands frustrated” due non compliance of the legislation.

 

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