“The preliminary assessment is not a trial or just a simple routine task, but an exercise to assess the child’s capacity to commit and understand the consequences of the alleged crime. It decides the fate of the child in conflict with the law”.
“JJ Board and the Children’s Court to conduct the preliminary assessment into heinous offences in a very meticulous way with the psychological evaluation, taking the assistance of experienced psychologist and medical specialist”.
Supreme Court said that the degree or dimension of the offence should not be the direct approach of the Court in its inquiry into juvenility of an accused or convict.
Bombay High Court: A Single Judge Bench comprising of Mridula Bhatkar, J. allowed a petition challenging the Juvenile Justice Board, Sangli’s order