Odisha Judicial Academy

L-R: Badri Narayan Nanda, Additional Director, Justice Subhasis Talapatra, Chairman, OJA & TC, Swapna Sagarika Mishra, Deputy Director and Manas Padhan, Assistant Director

The Odisha Judicial Academy (OJA) provides a vital platform for training of the Judicial Officers in order to make them professionally skilled, empathetic and responsive to the challenges that their work entails. The vision of the OJA is to equip the judicial officers with judicial knowledge and technical tools as well as administrative and management skills to enable them to excel in their task of dispensing justice. Further, OJA strives to impart training to different stake holders for optimum performance of the justice delivery mechanism.

OJA conducts induction training programmes for newly recruited Civil Judges and District Judges recruited from Bar. It conducts foundation training programme for officers in the cadre of District Judge appointed through usual promotion and Limited Competitive Examination (LCE). OJA conducts refresher training programmes for in-service judicial officers in three stages i.e. Early Career Training (JMFCs, SDJMs, Civil Judges), MidCareer Training (Senior Civil Judge, CJMs, etc.), Advanced Career Training (ADJs, DJs, Special Court Judges etc.). It also has programmes designed to sensitise Public Prosecutors, members of the Juvenile

Justice Board, Police Officers, Mediators, Conciliators, Court Managers, Staff of the District Courts and the High Court of Orissa etc.

The training modules of the OJA are oriented in such a manner that not only are the subjective aspect of the law covered but a dedicated module for physical and mental wellbeing of the officers is also put in place. With the introduction of new technologies, the training programmes of OJA have also been modified to incorporate subjects such as ICT, Paperless Courts, Vulnerable Witness Deposition Centre Rules and Video Conferencing Rules etc. That apart, germane topics such as – gender justice, issues of persons with disabilities, environment protection, human trafficking, juvenile law, access to justice etc. are also included in the training calendar of OJA.

During the year, OJA organised and conducted 1 induction programme, 1 foundation training programme, 22 Refresher programmes and several special programmes and workshops.

Highlights of the important programmes at the OJA

Induction Programmes

The Induction training of 47 Civil Judges of 2019 batch was completed on 8th August, 2022. Consequently, a valedictory ceremony was organised for the trainee Civil Judges. The Chief Justice, High Court of Orissa administered the Valedictory Oath to the trainees in the presence of the Judges of the High Court of Orissa.

Valedictory oath being administered by the Chief Justice to 47 Civil Judges

Foundation Training

Institutional training was conducted for 19 District Judges appointed through usual promotion and LCE by using the Online platform from 14th March, 2022 to 6th April, 2022 as per the approved module of the OJA.

Refresher Training

20 Refresher training programmes for all cadre Judicial Officers and 2 Refresher training programmes for the staff of the High Court and the Civil Courts were held during the year. All the programmes were of two-day duration and were conducted in physical mode, during which various important topics of law were covered by erudite resource person.

Hands-on and ICT and e-Courts Training Programmes

During the year 2022, 20 Hands-on Training programmes for Judicial Officers on ‘conducting Virtual hearing’, 11 Hands-on Training programmes on ‘Paperless Court’, 10 Hands-on Training programmes on ‘Examination of vulnerable witness’ and 16 ICT and e-Courts Training Programmes were conducted by the OJA involving 1,368 Judicial Officers, 2,366 Advocates and Advocate Clerks and 2,191 staffs of Odisha judiciary.

Special Programmes organised at Odisha Judicial Academy in 2022

Workshop on POCSO Act, 2012

On 5th March, 2022, a one-day workshop on the POCSO Act, 2012 for the Judicial Officers, Doctors, Prosecutors, Police Officers and NGOs was held at the OJA on the topic ‘To understand Child Sexual Abuse Dynamics and Processes & Role of Stakeholders in Dispensing Justice to the Victims under the POCSO Act’.

Orientation Workshops on Probation of Offenders Act

Four one-day Orientation Workshops were conducted for the Judicial Officers and Probation Officers on ‘Probation of Offenders Act’ at the OJA on 17th April, 31st July, 25th September and 11th December, 2022. All the programmes were conducted in virtual mode.

Training programme for the Public Prosecutors

From 7th to 11th March, 2022 a five-day training programme for the Public Prosecutors on the subject ‘Women’s Safety’ was organized by the OJA. It was sponsored by Bureau of Police Research & Development Department, Government of India. 26 Public Prosecutors attended the training programme.

Public Prosecutors with officials of OJA

Orientation programme on Persons with Disabilities (Equal opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995

On 29th October, 2022 a One-day Special Orientation programme for 50 all cadre Judicial Officers on ‘Persons with Disabilities (Equal opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995’ was held at the OJA.

Orientation Programme on ‘Gender Justice and Judicial Stereotypes and differently able Victim / Survivors of Sexual Assault’

A one-day Special Orientation Programme for 50 all cadre Judicial Officers on ‘Gender Justice and Judicial Stereotypes and differently able Victim / Survivors of Sexual Assault’ held on 30th October, 2022 at the OJA.

Visit by trainee Officers of Indian Railway Traffic Services and Indian Post and Telegraph Account and Finance Services

On 10th November, 2022, 29 Trainee Officers of Indian Railway Traffic Services (IRTS) and Indian Post and Telegraph Account and Finance Services (IP & TAFS) visited OJA with faculty, Staff of NLUO & Gopabandhu Academy of Administration. An interactive session with the Officers was conducted by the Addl. Director of OJA.

Training of High Court employees on digitization

On 26th November, 2022, one day training programme on digitization was held for the employees of the High Court of Orissa.

Training Programme on ‘Triple Methods - Plea Bargaining, Compounding of Offences and Probation of Offenders Act as effective tools of disposal of Criminal cases’

A half-day training programme was organized by the Odisha Judicial Academy involving the District Judges, Chief Judicial Magistrates and SDJMs of Headquarter Stations of all the 30 Districts on 10th December, 2022 in virtual mode, on the subject of ‘Triple Methods - Plea Bargaining, Compounding of Offences and Probation of Offenders Act as effective tools of disposal of Criminal cases’.

High Court employees with the officials of OJA