Criminal Law is the Law related to Crime. Hence, it is also called the Law of Crimes. Other terms related to Criminal Law are Criminology - the systematic study of criminals and Penology - the study of punishments in relation to the crime and the management of prisons.
The general rule of thumb is that a person should be punished for only the offence he/she has committed and not for the offence committed by others. Hence it is said that Vicarious Liability is unknown to Criminal Law. However, there are exceptions.
- It deals with Corrective justice, Police and Prison system. Takes close examination of Criminal Procedures in Warrant Cases and Summons Cases
- Classification, Hierarchy and Organization of Criminal Courts
- Various stages if Pre-trial process (Arrest, Arrest with/with-out warrant), absconder status, rights of accused person, Complaint vs FIR
- Trial process
- Judgement, appeal, reference, review, revision, execution etc.
- Bail, Anticipatory Bail, Bailable and non-bailable offenses
- Fair Trial, Juvenile Justice, Punishments etc.
- Suspended Sentence, the power of suspending sentence
- Police, Courts and Prison are functionaries in the criminal justice system.
Criminal Law in India
The Criminal Law of India is divided into two categories.
- Substantive Law
- Procedural Law
Substantive Law provides for the definitions of various offences and prescribes punishments for the respective offences. The Indian Penal Code, 1860 (IPC) falls under the Substantive Law.
Procedural Law provides a mechanism for the enforcement of the Criminal Law. The Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 comes under this category.
- Probation of Offenders Act, 1958
- Repatriation of Prisoners (Amendment) Act, 2011
- Indian Penal Code (Amendment) Bill, 2010 (117 of 2010)
- Prevention of Begging Bill, 2010
- Victims of Naxalite Act of Violence (Relief and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2010
- Treatment of Attempt to Suicide as a Non-Punishable Offence Bill, 2010
- Delhi Prevention of Touting and Malpractices against Tourists Act, 2010
- Delhi Criminal Courts (Payment of Expenses to Complainant and Witnesses) Rules, 2010
- Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Amendment Bill, 2010
- Identification of Prisoners (Tamil Nadu Amendment) Act, 2010
- Code of Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Act, 2010
- Uttar Pradesh Petty Offences (Trial by Special Judicial Magistrates) (Second Amendment) Rules, 2010
- Energy Conservation (Manner of holding inquiry) Amendment Rules, 2010
- Naxalite Affected Areas (Special Provisions) Bill, 2009
- Acid (Control) Bill, 2009
- Prevention of Trafficking and Abuse of Children Bill, 2009
- Prevention of Sexual Harassment of Women Employees, Girl Students, Inmates of Women Protection Homes, Housewives and Girls Bill, 2009
- Abolition of Death Penalty to Women, Children and Indigent Persons Bill, 2009
- Indian Penal Code (Amendment) Bill, 2009 (15 of 2009)
- Indian Penal Code (Amendment) Bill, 2009 (32 of 2009)
- Determination of Price of the Forfeited Property (Amendment) Rules, 2009
- Explosives (Amendment) Rules, 2009
- Prohibition of Smoking in Public Places (Amendment) Rules, 2009
- West Bengal Medicare Service Persons and Medicare Service Institutions (Prevention of Violence and Damage to Property) Act, 2009
- Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (National Fund for Control of Drug Abuse) Amendment Rules, 2009 (G.S.R. 581(E) of 2009)
- Incest Offences Bill, 2009
- South Africa: Criminal Procedure Act, 1977
- Pakistan: Pakistan Penal Code, 1860
- Malaysian Criminal Procedure Code
- Kenya Criminal Procedure Code
- Pakistan Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898
- Australian Criminal Code Act 1995
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