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Gram Nyayalayas Act, 2008

Chapter VII: Appeal

33. Appeal in criminal cases.

1.      Notwithstanding anything contained in the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 or any other law, no appeal shall lie from any judgment, sentence or order of a Gram Nyayalaya except as provided hereunder.

2.      No appeal shall lie where- (a) an accused person has pleaded guilty and has been convicted on such plea; (b) the Gram Nyayalaya has passed only a sentence of fine not exceeding one thousand rupees.

3.      Subject to sub-section (2), an appeal shall lie from any other judgment, sentence or order of a Gram Nyayalaya to the Court of Session.

4.      Every appeal under this section shall be preferred within a period of thirty days from the date of judgment, sentence or order of a Gram Nyayalaya: Provided that the Court of Session may entertain an appeal after the expiry of the said period of thirty days if it is satisfied that the appellant had sufficient cause for not preferring the appeal within the said period.

5.      An appeal preferred under sub-section (3) shall be heard and disposed of by the Court of Session within six months from the date of filing of such appeal.

6.      The Court of Session may, pending disposal of the appeal, direct the suspension of the sentence or order appealed against.

7.      The decision of the Court of Session under sub-section (5) shall be final and no appeal or revision shall lie from the decision of the Court of Session: Provided that nothing in this sub-section shall preclude any person from availing of the judicial remedies available under articles 32 and 226 of the Constitution.

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