Section 14   [ View Judgements ]

Procedure and powers of Designated courts


(1) A Designated Court may take cognizance of any offence, without the accused being committed to it for trial, upon receiving a complaint of facts which constitute such offence or upon a police report of such facts.



(2) Where an offence triable by a Designated Court is punishable with imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years or with fine or with both, the Designated Court may, notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (1) of section 260 or section 262 of the Code, try the offence in a summary way in accordance with the procedure prescribed in the Code and the provisions of Secs. 263 to 265 of the Code, shall, so far as may be, apply to such trial:



Provided that when in the course of a summary trial under this sub-section, it appears to the Designated Court that the nature of the case is such that it is undesirable to try it in a summary way, the Designated Court shall recall any witnesses who may have been examined and proceed to re-hear the case in the manner provided by the provisions of the Code for the trial of such offence and the said provisions shall apply to and in relation to a Designated Court as they apply to and in relation to a Magistrate:



Provided further that in the case of any conviction in a summary trial under this section, it shall be lawful for a Designated Court to pass a sentence for imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years.



(3) Subject to the other provisions of this Act, a Designated Court shall, for the purpose of trail of any offence, have all the powers of a Court of Session and shall try such offence as if it were a Court of Session so far as may be in accordance with the procedure prescribed in the Code for the trial before the Court of Session.



(4) Subject to the other provisions of this Act, every case transferred to a Designated Court under sub-section (2) of section 11 shall be dealt with as if such case had been transferred under section 406 of the Code to such Designated Court.



(5) Notwithstanding anything contained in the Code, a Designated Court may, if it thinks fit and for reasons to be recorded by it, proceed with the trial in the absence of the accused or his pleader and record the evidence of any witness, subject to the right of the accused to recall the witness for cross-examination.



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