Need for special courts for cybercrime?

In India, Justice V.S. Sirpurkar of the Supreme Court explains that specialised courts would be better suited to tackle cybercrime and e-commerce issues. I am not sure I would agree on the conclusion. I would certainly agree that judges, as much as police forces, need specific training, a training which is not mainstream currently. However, I do not see why we should have specific courts: there would be problem of defining jurisdiction of those courts, which would create another layer of unecessary issues to deal with. Maybe it is time for the judicial system, whether in India or not, to adapt to the changes.

Special courts for cyber crime sought” (CCRC, 8 February 2009)

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About Audrey Guinchard

Senior Lecturer @ University of Essex (UK)
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