SRINAGAR: J&K High Court has directed the state government to appoint judicial magistrates, a requirement to set up juvenile justice boards in all districts of the state.
According to a judgement delivered by division bench of Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey on Friday, “22 Juvenile Justice Boards are required to be set up for 22 districts of the State of Jammu & Kashmir. While noticing that, in absence of 22 Juvenile Justice Boards to be set up under Section 4(1) of the Jammu & Kashmir Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2013, the Chief Judicial Magistrates, having jurisdiction in their respective areas, are exercising the powers and performing the functions of the Boards till the formal constitution of the aforesaid Juvenile Justice Boards, this Court, in terms of order passed on 11th of August 2017, therefore, observed that 22 Additional posts of Judicial Magistrates (First Class) would have to be created, being a requirement of the Act of 2013 and the Rules of 2014.”
The judgement further read, “Consequently, the Law Department was directed to process the requirement of 22 posts of Judicial Magistrates (FirstClass) on priority basis, without awaiting any further communication from the Registrar General of this Court.”
The state counsel told the court that the government has accorded sanction for the creation of eight posts of principal magistrates (Civil Judge Junior Division/ Munsiff) for eight juvenile justice boards to be constituted at Anantnag, Baramulla, Srinagar, Jammu, Doda, Rajouri, Kargil and Leh in the Phase-I.