Written by:Adv. Pooja Gupta

Trial of An Offence Before a Court Session

Introduction of the Trial of An Offence Before A Court Of Session: Introduction of the Trial of An Offence Before A Court Of Session: As per the Cr.P.C, 1973. The method of preliminary of offences before the Court of Session has been depicted in sec. 225 – 237. It is important here that no matter goes directly to preliminary proceedings in the Court of Session. Such substance is submitted for preliminary to the Court of Session.

The procedure for trial by sessions court as contained under section 225 to 237 of Cr. P.C, 1973 is as under: –

  • Conduction of trial.
  • Opening the case for the prosecution.
  • Discharge.
  • Framing of charge.
  • Conviction on plea guilty conduction of the trial.
  • Date for prosecution evidence.
  • Evidence for prosecution.
  • Acquittal.
  • Entering upon defence.
  • Arguments.
  • Judgement of acquittal or conviction.
  • Previous conviction.
  • Procedure in the case instituted under section 199(2).

Now lets we discuss the whole procedure in brief regarding the trial of an offence before a session court are:-

Conduct of Trial

In every hearing, the prosecution is conducted, as furnished in section 225 of the Code, with the aid of using a Public Prosecutor.


Opening the case for Prosecution

In accordance with sec. 226, the plaintiff shall commence his case by detailing the charge brought against the offender, saying by what evidence he intends to demonstrate the accused’s culpability, after he has been produced or brought before the Court following a conviction in the case u/s 209.


Discharge

In accordance with sec. 227, if the judge, after examining  and hearing the accusations of the accused and the public prosecutor on this point, examines that the reason for the alleged appeal proceedings against the accused is insufficient and must release the accused / offender record his reason for doing so. 

In the case of T.V.Sharma versus  R.Meeriah, 1980

The Court has to thoroughly investigate the entire case before making an order for discharge. It is called the charge arguments.


Framing of Charge

As per section 228 of the Criminal Procedure Code,1973, while framing charges court shall only consider that there is a prime facie case against the accused/offender or not.

If the Judge frame any  charges, he shall be read out and explained to the accused and asked whether the defendant pleads guilty or claims to be prosecuted in accordance with the provisions of Article 228(b) Cr. P.C., 1973.


Conviction on plea Guilty

Section 229 If the accused/offender pleads guilty, then the court must record the plea and may thereon condemn him at his discretion (right or capacity to make decisions). The convict’s appeal is simply to recognize the allegation made against accused.


Date for evidence of prosecution

Under Section 230 , if the offender refuses to plea guilty, the judge shall fix a date of witness examination, and may issue any procedure for the appearance of or the production, by the witnesses, of any document or other purpose for the application of prosecutions if the accused refuses In accordance with Section 239, to be tried or not plead guilty.


Prosecution evidence

On the specified date, the court takes the evidence in support of the complainant. When a testimonial appears before the court, there would be no delay in his examination but if there is any delay in the testimonial, then merely on this ground the prosecution matter cannot be deferred.


Acquittal

In accordance with Section 232, if, after taking proof of the prosecution In accordance with sec.232, when  the judge has heard the accused after taking evidence on the prosecution and hearing the prosecution and defense and found that there is no evidence of the offense, then the judge must acquittal that accused and record the order in pursuant to sec.232. The accused person may be acquitted or convicted  but not discharged.


Entering upon Defence

In accordance with section 233, the defendant is required to defend himself  if he is not acquitted pursuant to Section 232 may be asked to enter his defence and to present evidence in favour of it, to provide proof, he may have in support thereof. It is the defendant who makes a written declaration. The judge aforementioned file it with the record.

Section 232 may be asked to enter his defence and to present evidence in favour of it, to provide proof.

Where the accused is asked to take any action to persuade witnesses to attend or to present any documents or material. Such individual shall be issued by the judge except for the purposes of vexation, delay, or failure to fulfill the purposes of law.

Arguments

According to Section 234, the prosecutor  will summaries his case and he/she is entitled to reply when the witnesses’ examination is complete for defence. In the course of this process, an accused raises any question of law. In relation to such a point of law, the prosecution might be with the permission of the judge to make his submission with regard to such point of law

Appeal or condemnation judgement

The court shall decide the matter in accordance with Section 235(1) after the arguments and the legal points (if any).


Previous Conviction

Under section 236, a judge may obtain evidence of previous alleged convictions and may document findings under section 236 if the accused / prisoner has previously been charged and the defendant has not admitted to having been previously convicted. the accused as an indictment.

Case procedure instituted Under section 199(2)

Section 237 of the code stipulates that proceedings for the prosecution of defamation questions established under section 199(2). If the defamation was alleged against, the President of India, State or Governor, Vice-President, Administrator of U.T. would have been involved and during trial court finds the scope of acquittal, he may pass such order.


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