Training Programme on Juvenile Justice For DLSA Lawyers

October 7, 2023

The Centre for Child and the Law, National Law School of India University (NLSIU) in collaboration with the Karnataka State Legal Services Authority (KSLSA) organised a training programme for the District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) lawyers from the northern districts of Karnataka on the 7th and 8th of October 2023.

This two-day programme aimed to train the lawyers on Juvenile Justice by giving them an overview of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015. Additionally the programme facilitated discussions on procedures of apprehension, custody, bail and preliminary assessment under the Act, and how the lawyers ought to adopt a child rights approach. This training programme focussed on equipping and informing the lawyers on the importance of adopting an approach different from what is practised under the adult criminal justice system. The importance of understanding the evolution of a child’s psychology from their childhood to their adolescence while approaching the Juvenile Justice system, was discussed through the training programme.

The resource persons for the training programme were Dr. Kalpana Purushothaman, Member, Juvenile Justice Board Bengaluru (Urban) and Ms. Geeta Sajjanshetty, Member, Juvenile Justice Board, Kalburgi. The programme was conducted in a participatory format with a combination of lectures, case-study based group discussions and activities.