A three-day North Zone Judicial Officers conference on administration of criminal justice-issues and challenges began here on Friday. Legal luminaries from Delhi, Punjab, Jammu & Kashmir, Haryana, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh are participating in the conference.

Inaugurating the conference Supreme Court Judge Dr. Justice B. S. Chauhan said rapid scientific development has taken place in all spheres of human activity hence the entire system around administration of criminal justice requires appropriate changes at all levels, right from police to executive to judicial officers.

“New issues have come up in the society like live-in relationships, false promises of marriages, the courts have to be sensitive, in finding out the right cause of such incidents and judicial officers should go in depth to know the facts,” he said.

He appealed to judicial officers to adopt innovative things to deal with situations that arise from time to time, so that justice is delivered in the right manner and right perspective.

Chief Justice of Himachal High Court Justice A. M. Khanwilkar said: “Criminal Justice depends on chain of benefactors from police, forensic experts, advocates, public prosecutors, witnesses and the courts and each of these benefactor is important and every part of the chain is to be improved and strengthened.”

He said all the functionaries involved in the criminal Justice deliverance should be provided with adequate staff and equipments so as to speed up the process. In cases concerning women and children, lack of sensitivity by the officials is one another significant challenge in the administration of criminal justice system. The Judges who are expected to control the courts also play a very pivotal role in the administration of criminal justice. They should not be silent spectators and at the same time, they should not give an impression of being proactive, judgemental or opinionated before the trial concludes, he added.

The three-day conference is being organised by Himachal Judicial Academy in collaboration with the National Judicial Academy, Bhopal.