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Govt Announces New Criminal Laws Effective July 1

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Three recently passed criminal laws will take effect on July 1, 2024, according to the government’s announcement.

The Union Government announced on Saturday that the three recently passed criminal laws—Bhartiya Nyaya Sanhita, Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita, and Bharatiya Sakshya Adhiniyam—will go into effect on July 1, 2024.

The Code of Criminal Procedure, the Indian Evidence Act, and the Indian Penal Code—all passed by Parliament on December 21, 2023—will be replaced by these three criminal laws.

After Parliament’s nod to the three laws, President Droupadi Murmu gave her assent on December 25.

According to three identical notifications issued by the Union Home Ministry, provisions of the new laws will come into force from July 1.

The three legislations intent to completely overhaul the criminal justice system in the country by giving definitions of various offences and their punishments.

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