Trial in Criminal cases commences only on charges being framed

Trial in Criminal cases commences only on charges being framed

Hardeep Singh Vs State of Punjab and Ors

Supreme Court

10/01/2014

CRIMINAL APPEAL NO. 1750 OF 2008

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In view of the above, the law can be summarised to the effect that as 'trial' means determination of issues adjudging the guilt or the innocence of a person, the person has to be aware of what is the case against him and it is only at the stage of framing of the charges that the court informs him of the same, the 'trial' commences only on charges being framed. Thus, we do not approve the view taken by the courts that in a criminal case, trial commences on cognizance being taken. [para 35]

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