India is changing, CJI on enactment of three new criminal laws

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The enactment of new criminal laws-Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita, the Bharatiya Nagrik Suraksha Sanhita, and the Bharatiya Sakshya Adhiniyam indicates that India is changing and moving forward, Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dr Justice D Y Chandrachud on Saturday said.

Addressing a conference on India’s Progressive Path in the Administration of Criminal Justice System’ in New Delhi, the CJI said, “I think that the enactment of three new criminal laws by the parliament is a clear indicator that India is changing. India is on the move, and we do need new legal instruments to deal with the current challenges that we envisage for the future of our society.”

“These laws signify a watershed moment for our society because no law affects the day-to-day conduct of our society like the criminal law,” he said.

“India is set for a significant overhaul of its criminal justice system with the upcoming implementation of three new criminal laws,” CJI added.

The much-needed changes have been made to protect the interests of victims and carry out investigation and prosecution of offences efficiently, Justice Chandrachud said highlighting, “The new laws would only be successful if those in charge of implementing them will adapt to them.”

Stressing the use of artificial intelligence, the CJI said AI will enable the judiciary to track progress in criminal trials.

“AI should be deployed for the purpose of detecting aberrations in processes,” he said.

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