is an ever-evolving mechanism. New situations
merit enactment of new laws. But a legal system,
which is overburdened with stalled cases, is surely
in need of revamping. In absence of a total makeover
the speedy trial tribunal act has been proposed
as a solution. It is introduced as an appendage--a
separate cell or a special arrangement--that would
facilitate a quick penal procedure.
When the majority of the cases are left in the
loft of the regular courts, and a handful ones
are to be considered under the speedy trial act,
the question remains, whether this new law is
just a face-saver for the government.
the context of the sinking law and order situation,
the efficacy of this new trial procedure seems
a tenable cause to stand for it. After several
cases being resolved with an unprecedented quick
pace, it has whetted the enthusiasm of the public.
People, with expectations have rallied in support
of this new tribunal. The act works in accruing
quick verdicts. But the question remains, will
it be effective, as well as accurate, in meting
out justice? Will the verdicts remain the same
after being heard in the High Court? These are
the questions that are being raised by experts.
SWM examines the nature and the ramifications
of the Speedy Trial Tribunal.