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Criminal Pleadings: How the Courts Work


In criminal cases, they say "What a person pleads is what the person is expected to get". Well-drafted pleadings lay the foundation of the judgment. It comes no surprise that successful criminal lawyers hold the key to drafting compelling pleadings. However, the skill does not find its way to young legal professionals so easily, owing to the paucity of time with the senior counsel. Hence, only a few rise to get enough of the skill.

This course gives you a deeper understanding of the art of criminal pleadings. Apart from the conceptual clarity through theory, it focuses on the practical aspect required in the real world. Budding lawyers aspiring to work in criminal law will find it extremely useful to get hands-on on the skill.

Course Outcome


After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the development, need and procedure to file a criminal pleading
  • Draft requisite applications, petitions, appeals, etc., in accordance with the applicable Court rules
  • Familiarise yourself with the language and procedures related to the various aspects of criminal law

Course Outline

  • Module 1 – Criminal Pleadings and Trial Procedure in India
  • Module 2 – Complaints and Bail Provisions
  • Module 3 – Petitions, Appeals, Revisions and Miscellaneous Applications
  • Module 4 – Claims under Motor Vehicles Act
  • Certification Exam/ Assessment



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Who Should Take This Course?

  • Lawyers
  • Legal Advisors and Counsel
  • Law Students and Researchers
  • Other stakeholders interested in learning the procedure to file a criminal pleading in Court, in India

Level: Beginner

Language: English

Duration: 6 Months

Evaluation Method

Learners must submit all assignments and secure at least 50% marks in Certification Exam at the end of the course to obtain the course certificate.

About the Author

Manish Shrivastava, Managing Partner - Tulika Law Associate, is a practicing lawyer based in Delhi since the year 1999. He is a law graduate from University of Delhi, providing general counsel, advisory and litigation services on varied areas of law.

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