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Should there be a separate hearing for sentencing after a court has passed a conviction order on a capital offence? Where have courts and the law differed on this question?

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Approach to death penalty: Why Supreme Court has decided to settle differences among judgments

Should there be a separate hearing for sentencing after a court has passed a conviction order on a capital offence? Where have courts and the law differed on this question?











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New Delhi | September 21, 2022 11:24:25 am



































Chief Justice of India Uday Umesh Lalit during a function at the Supreme Court in New Delhi. (Express Photo: Amit Mehra, File)The Supreme Court on September 19 referred to a larger Bench issues relating to procedural norms for imposing the death sentence. The intervention is seen as a major step in plugging gaps in the way in which trial courts award the death sentence.

What has the court said?

A three-judge Bench comprising Chief Justice of India (CJI) U U Lalit and Justices Ravindra Bhat and Sudhanshu Dhulia said that there are conflicting judgments on when and how the sentencing hearing must take place, and referred the issue to a five-judge Constitution Bench.

“This order is necessitated due to a difference of opinion and approach amongst various judgments, on the question of whether, after recording conviction for a capital offence, under law, the court is obligated to conduct a separate hearing on the issue of sentence,” the order said.

What is the difference of opinion?

https://indianexpress.com/article/explained/supreme-court-death-penalty-debate-explained-8163628/


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