Karnataka HC seeks response from State Government as to the location of existing JJBs across districts

A case was filed concerning the filming of child pornography in child care centres. The petitioner referred to a 2019 judgement regarding the issue of child-friendly courts.

A division bench comprising of Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice Vishwajith Shetty observed during the hearing on 4th November, 2020 that a JJB cannot be termed as a Court of Judicial Magistrate. The petitioner’s advocate replied to a question by the bench by saying that even if minors are made to take COVID-19 tests before appearing before the court, their results will not be disclosed to ensure right to privacy.

The HC then sought a response from the Karnataka Government as to 4 issues: whether JJBs have separate establishments, whether child-friendly courts have been created in the state and
how many JJBs are required in every district, whether there was any standard staffing pattern to fill up vacancies in JJBs.

The Court also commented that it wanted JJBs to start functioning immediately at par with the High Court and subordinate courts. The matter is to be further heard in 6 days.

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