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Legal Lounge: The “Indianizing” of A Criminal Justice System

At what point should one modernize themselves if they want to be truly strapped to a rocket? When is it time to break free of the shackles of archaic statutes and leverage new advancements to keep yourself ahead of the curve? For India, that time seems to be now. In 2024, it seems like the pillars of colonial-era laws would be giving way to a new justice system in India with 3 new criminal laws: the Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita, the Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita & the Bharatiya Sakshya Adhiniyam. But, will anything actually change? Or would this just be old wine in a new bottle?

In this episode of Legal Lounge, Our Partner (Co-Head– White collar & Investigation) Ankoosh K Mehta and Shrija Agrawal of Rizing explores how these laws may be looking to modernize and streamline criminal justice in India, how these new laws would have a stronger emphasis on technology to reduce dependency on physical infrastructure & make investigations and trials faster, addressing delays in India’s judicial system, the implications of trial in absentia, opportunities and challenges for corporate India, balancing enforcement and economic freedom, what happens when the rubber hits the road, where harsher punishment is a stronger deterrent to crime and more.