VIT School of Law in association with National Commission for Women New Delhi is organising a National Seminar on Delivering Justice to Women – “The Role of Fast track special courts in the state of Tamil Nadu” on 7th October, 2022 and seeking submissions for the same.
About VIT School of Law
The VIT School of Law (VITSOL), incepted in the year 2014 as a progeny of VIT University stands recognised as one of the best Law Colleges in the state of Tamil Nadu. The Law School aims to impart quality legal education to equip the young minds with knowledge of law, teach them the nuances of the legal profession and make them sustain and succeed in the profession.
The School offers undergraduate honours programmes, post graduate courses in specialized subjects, and facilitates Research programmes both by full time and part time. The School as of now encompasses more than 1000 students guided by qualified and committed faculty. The School earns repute in organising various seminars, colloquiums, and conferences, both national and international.
About the National Commission for Women
The National Commission for Women was set up as statutory body in January 1992 under the National Commission for Women Act, 1990. Its main objective is to review the Constitutional and Legal safeguards for women, to recommend remedial legislative measures, to facilitate redressal of grievances and to advise the Government on all policy matters related to women. The Commission initiated various steps to improve the status of women and worked for their economic empowerment.
The Commission has visited almost all the States and Union territories and has prepared Gender Profiles to assess the status of women and their empowerment. The Commission is empowered to receive complaints and has initiated suo-moto actions on several instances to provide fair justice for women. The Commission has also constituted expert committees towards assessing economic empowerment of women and conducts periodic workshops and seminars for gender awareness and emancipation.
About the Seminar
Fast Track Special Courts (FTSC) are specially designed courts dedicated to ensure swift dispensation of justice, better clearance rate as compared to regular courts. The very objective of these special courts is to expedite the disposal of cases and in turn reduce the burden and backlog of cases. At the initiatives of the Department of Justice, the XI Finance Commission of India recommended a scheme for creation of 1734 additional Courts for disposal of long pending criminal and other cases. An estimated 502.90 Crore was granted by the Centre to establish specially designed Fast Track Courts in all states over a period of 5 years till 2005. The Centre extended the scheme until 2011. The response, though not overwhelming from the side of states, was encouraging. 15 States and Union Territories still do not have even one Fast Track Court.
The scheme of Fast Track Court was implemented in the state of Tamil Nadu well in tune with the Central mission and continued even after a brief stoppage of funds by the Central Government. Following the ghastly incident of gang rape at Delhi in 2012, a revamp in the criminal law and justice gained momentum. In the process via Nirbhaya Fund, the Government approved a scheme for establishment of 1023 Fast Track Special Courts (FTSCs) across the country for expeditious disposal of pending rape cases registered under the provisions of IPC and POCSO Act. The Supreme Court had also given a directive to set up a centrally funded special court in each district where more than 100 FIRs stand registered under The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
Around 919 Fast Track Courts are functioning as of now in India. Setting and functioning of Fast Track Courts are within the domain of State Government in consultation with respective High Courts. Highest number of Fast Track Courts are established in U.P, Maharashtra, and West Bengal. Tamil Nadu, a state in southern India has 74 Special Courts with a pendency of around 94549 cases. Specially categorized cases are entrusted before them to devise and follow a procedure that will ensure speedier examination of witnesses and disposal of cases within a reasonable time.
But the data as reflected by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), makes one to doubt as to true realization of the objectives visualized in the establishment of Fast Track Special Courts. Fast track courts are specially incepted to expedite the disposal of special category of cases, wherein women happen to be the victims and in turn reduce the burden and backlog of pendency of large number of cases in judicial corridors. Several issues surmount in the smooth operation of the fast-track courts. Lack of Judicial officers, infrastructure, commitment from prosecutors and defence, besides financial support from the side of State and Centre are lingering issues among many others. The Seminar is organized to systematically examine the present functioning of Fast Track Special Courts in the State of Tamil Nadu.
The event aims at identifying the real issues that hamper the realization of the objectives visualized while setting the Fast track courts in India, the level of support state machinery extends in the setting and functioning of Fast track courts, the level of awareness among the stake holders and to suggest measures to make the Scheme work successfully.
Role of Fast track Special courts in delivering justice to Women
The seminar is open to all legal luminaries which includes Students of law and humanities, Academicians, Research Scholars, NGOs, Members from the Bar and Bench, Investigating wing of Police and General public.
VIT University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
- Participation for the seminar is FREE
- Participants can register through the link below.
- Participation will be confirmed upon fulfilling submission requirements.
- Participants kit and certificates will be provided to all participants
- Lunch and refreshments will be arranged for all participants
Registration Link: Click Here
PARTICIPANTS WILL ONLY SUBMIT PAPER, THERE IS NO PAPER PRESENTATION
- The Submissions are to be made in MS Word format only and are to be submitted in the below link on or before 30th September 2022.
- Font: “Times New Roman” , Font size: “12pt” , Line space: “1.5” Reference should be in the 20th edition Harvard Bluebook.
- Maximum of 2 authors permitted per submission.
- Plagiarism in any form is strictly forbidden.
Submission Link: Click Here
The best contribution of ideas by Research paper/ Concept note/ Working paper will be honoured with cash prizes.
- Best Paper: 5,000 INR
- 2nd Best Paper: 3,000 INR
- 3rd Best Paper: 2,000 INR
- S. Madhusmitha: +91 98406 80313
- Sushitha Ravisankar: +91 99628 26612
- Swetha D: +91 73389 07473
Submitted By: Aswathy S