‘Trial judges should make case calendar’

The Supreme Court has framed a series of guidelines for the conduct of criminal trials, primarily dealing with the preparation of a “case calendar” by judges to put themselves on a deadline to complete the trial. The judgment by a Bench of Justices A.M. Sapre and Indu Malhotra on October 30 said the “detailed case calendar” must be prepared at the commencement of the trial after framing of charges. The calendar must specify the dates of examinationof the witnesses. Justice Malhotra, who authored the judgment for the Bench, said the case calendar must be prepared keeping in view the proposed order of production of witnesses by parties, the expected time required for examination and cross-examination of witnesses, availability of witnesses, and convenience of both the prosecution as well as the defence.

Source :  https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/trial-judges-should-make-case-calendar/article25440478.ece

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