All High Courts around the country have been required to update their rules governing criminal trials to implement the draught rules prepared by three Supreme Court-appointed Amici Curiae to remedy delays and shortcomings in criminal trials.
The judgment was delivered by a bench of Chief Justice of India SA Bobde, and Justices L Nageswara Rao and S Ravindra Bhat.
“Within six months of today,” the Court said, “all High Courts shall take expeditious measures to enact said Draft Rules 2021 as part of the rules regulating criminal trials, and ensure that current rules, certifications, orders, and practise directions are suitably amended and promulgated wherever appropriate in the official gazette.”
If the cooperation of the state government is required in this regard.
After noticing inadequacies in the procedure used during criminal trials across the world, the Supreme Court took suo motu cognizance of the matter.
The Supreme Court then named three lawyers as Amici Curiae to investigate the delays in criminal trials through Indian courts.
Senior Advocates Siddharth Luthra and R Basant, as well as advocate K Parameshwar, were the three judges.