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Plea Bargaining: A Jolt That The Indian Judiciary Desperately Needs

M. Ilampari & Varsha. M, The Tamil Nadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University, (SOEL).


It is a known fact that Indian Courts, especially criminal courts are burdened with huge backlog of cases. Plea Bargaining is one of the methods that aims to reduce this burden. But the statistics show that the Plea Bargaining is not as effective in India, as it is in USA, a country from where this concept is borrowed. This article discusses what is plea bargaining, what are the procedures involved in Plea Bargaining, how effective it is in India and what are the things that can be done to make it more effective. It also brushes upon the procedures followed in USA and what can be learned from their system.

This article is made through secondary research methodology by referring the books, articles and news related to the topic. The conclusion consists of suggestion to improve the plea-bargaining system in India.


Indian Journal of Law and Legal Research

Abbreviation: IJLLR

ISSN: 2582-8878


Accessibility: Open Access

License: Creative Commons 4.0

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