New criminal laws coming into force 1 July 2024

A forensic lens to assess the impact of recent legal reforms

The three new criminal laws, the “Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita,” the “Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita,” and the “Bharatiya Sakshya Adhiniyam,” which replace the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), and the Indian Evidence Act respectively, will come into force from 1 July 2024 this year.

The new laws are a welcome change and will positively affect the future of policing in our country. However, these changes will also require the ability to embrace new working methodologies. Hence, integrating change management strategies and engaging stakeholders should be pivotal elements from the outset.

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