In a criminal preliminary trial, a jury examines the evidence to determine if the accused committed the alleged crime or misconduct "beyond a reasonable doubt." It is the administration's opportunity to present its case in the hopes of obtaining a "responsible" verdict and the respondent's conviction, as well as the defense's opportunity to invalidate the administration's proof and evidence and occasionally submit its own. The jury determines the case after both sides have presented their arguments.
The only good thing the British have given us is the "Law and Legal System." The Criminal Justice System and the Laws, in particular. The Code of Criminal Procedure governs numerous aspects of a criminal case. One of them is the Criminal Procedure Code's Trial system.
WHAT IS TRIAL?
The term "trial" is not defined in the Criminal Procedure Code, although it refers to a state of the trial that begins when the charge is framed and ends with a conviction or acquittal.
In simple terms, a trial is a formal examination of evidence by a judge, usually in front of a jury, in order to determine guilt in a criminal or civil matter.
PROCEDURE OF CRIMINAL TRIAL
When a warrant is issued based on a police report, the following stages of the trial apply: In warrant cases, the phases of trial range from Section 238 to Section 250 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973.
FIR (First Information Report): The case is started with the filing of a FIR. A FIR is information provided to the police by a victim in connection with the commission of an offense.
Investigation: Following the recording of the FIR, the investigating official conducts an examination.
The investigating official comes to a conclusion by inspecting realities and conditions, obtaining proof, evaluating numerous persons and recording their announcements in hard copy, as well as the various advancements necessary for examination.
Charges: If the accused is not released after the court has considered the police report and other key documents, the court will lay out charges for him to face.
Prosecution Evidence: After the charges have been laid and the accused has confessed, the court will demand the indictment to present proof to prove the accused's guilt. Proclamations from witnesses are required by the indictment to aid their proof.
Accused's Statement: The accused has the opportunity to be heard and have the facts and circumstances of the case clarified. After vowing to tell the truth, the denounced announcements are not recorded and can be used against them.
Defense Evidence: In a circumstance where the accused is not being vindicated, the accused is given the option to create in order to defend his case. Oral and narrative proof are also available to the defense. The prosecution bears the burden of proof.
The term "judgment" refers to the court's final decision, which includes reasons for the vindication or conviction of the accused.
TYPES OF TRIAL IN INDIAN LEGAL SYSTEM
SESSION TRIAL:- offense that is punishable more than seven years of life imprisonment, or death, the trial must be held by session court after a magistrate has committed or referred the case to the court.
WARRANT TRIAL:- The Criminal Procedure Code of 1973 classifies warrant cases as those involving offenses punishable by imprisonment or punishable by death or detention for more than two years. The procedure for a warrant case can begin with the filing of a FIR at the police station. In this case, the police conduct an investigation and submit a report to the Magistrate. The Magistrate then assists the proceedings as prescribed by law, and the guilty party is either brought before the Magistrate or shows up on purpose. Alternatively, the protest might be documented directly with the Magistrate in order to begin proceedings against a guilty party.
SUMMON TRIAL:- A summon case is one in which an offense is punishable by a sentence of less than two years in prison. The technique for setting up the proof is not required. In the end, if the judge determines that the matter isn't a summons case after investigating it, he can turn it into a warrant case. It's possible to convert it into a warrant case. The person charged does not have to be available right away. The charges should be communicated orally to the person who has been accused. There is no necessity to encircle the costs on a hard copy. The accused has only one opportunity to question and cross-examine the witnesses.
SUMMARY TRIAL:- This category includes cases that, for the most part, only require a handful of hearings to resolve the matter. These types of trials are reserved for minor infractions in order to reduce the burden on the courts and to save time and money. An outline summary can be attempted in those circumstances when an offense is culpable with a detention of less than a half year. The idea here is that if the matter is being handled in a haphazard manner, an individual cannot be detained for more than a quarter of a year.
PROCEDURE FOR COURT OF SESSION
The provisions of Chapter XVIII of the Cr.P.C., which begins with Section 225 and concludes with Section 237, regulate trials before a Court of Session.
The Sessions Court must go through three stages of the trial process.
FIRST STAGE- A Public Prosecutor must preside over every trial in the Court of Session (Section 225). The Court of Session is not just responsible for taking cognizance of Section 199 offenses; it also has the authority to take cognizance of any matter involving a serious nature offense. To be more precise and succinct, the court of session is a district court that exclusively handles the most important and dangerous cases. The accused is brought before the court to have his guilt established. The prosecutor's first and most important task is to present evidence in court to show the accused's guilt (Section 226)
In Banwari v. State of Uttar Pradesh (see page 1201), Their Lordships of the Supreme Court said unequivocally that Section 239 of the Code of Criminal Procedure provides the Sessions Court no discretion to dismiss any charges for which the accused has been committed for trial. When a person is committed for trial without a charge or with a faulty or erroneous charge, he can use his authority under Section 226 of the Code of Criminal Procedure to construct a charge, add to it, or alter it in any way he sees fit.
If the judge determines that there is no sufficient justification for proceeding against the accused after reviewing the facts and the accused's submission, he shall release the accused and explain why (Section 227).
If the court has reasonable grounds to believe that the accused has committed an offense triable by the court, the court shall frame a charge against the accused in writing; however, if the offense is not exclusively triable by the court of session, the case is transferred to the Chief Judicial Magistrate or any Judicial Magistrate after the charge is framed.
The framed charges are to be read out and clearly in front of the accused in plain English, and the accused is then asked whether he pleads guilty or not to the allegations (Section 228).
SECOND STAGE OF TRIAL- The Judge will record the accused's plea and condemn him if he is well-versed in the contrived accusations and pleads guilty to them, however this is completely at the Judge's discretion. Under Section 229, the judge has discretion to convict the accused, although it is desirable that the accused not be convicted right away. The right line of action would be to demand that the prosecution establish its case through the use of evidence.
If the defendant refuses to enter a plea under section 229, the judge will schedule a date for the prosecution to question witnesses, present documents, and so on (Section 230).
The Judge will question the witnesses on the scheduled date, and evidence in support of the prosecution may be presented.
THIRD STAGE OF TRIAL- After scrutinizing the accused and the Prosecution's evidence, the Judge will acquit the accused if the Judge decides that there is no proof that the accused committed the crime (Section 232).
The defense counsel must submit evidence in favor of his client if the prosecution's evidence clearly justifies the court's framing of charges and rejection of the accused's acquittal. Even the accused can request that any process be issued for the attendance of any witness or the production of any document or object, but it must not appear to the court that it is acting against justice's purposes (Section 233).
When the problem of providing a Closing statement arises after both parties have been heard, Section 314 of the Act applies, and the Closing statement is provided by the defense under Section 234 and by the prosecution under Section 235.
The judge should make the final decision after considering all of the evidence.
PROCEDURE IN WARRANT TRIAL
The provisions governing the warrant trial are found in Chapter XIX of the Criminal Procedure Code, beginning with Section 238 and continuing with Section 250.
The Magistrate's trial of warrant proceedings follows a set of rules. The Magistrate uses one in instances based on police reports (Sections 238 to 243 Cr.P.C. and 248 to 250 Cr.P.C.) and the other in cases not based on police reports (Sections 238 to 250 Cr.P.C.) (Sections 238 to 243 Cr.P.C. and 248 to 250 Cr.P.C.). (Sections 244 to 247 of the Criminal Procedure Code, as well as sections 248 to 250 and 275 of the Criminal Procedure Code.)