Criminal Procedure Code, 1973, Complaints To Magistrates, The Charge, Summary trials,

Criminal Procedure Code, 1973 


This Act may be called the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973.

It Extends to the whole of
India except for the State of Jammu and

Provided that the provisions
of this Code other than those relating to Chapters VIII, X and Xi thereof,
shall not apply.

-to the State of Nagaland,

-to the tribal areas,

Criminal Procedure Code, 1973, Complaints To Magistrates, The Charge, Summary trials,


Chapter – 15. Complaints To Magistrates. (Section. 200 – 203)

Section. 200

Examination of the complainant.

Section. 201

Procedure by Magistrate
not competent to take cognizance of the case.

Section. 202

Postponement of issue of process.

Section. 203

Dismissal of complaint.


Chapter – 16. Commencement Of Proceedings Before Magistrates. (Section.
204 – 210)

Section. 204

Issue of processed.

Section. 205

Magistrate may dispense
with personal attendance of accused.

Section. 206

Special summons in cases
of a petty offence.

Section. 207

Supply to the accused of copy of police report and other documents.

Section. 208

Supply of copies of statements and documents to accused in other
cases triable by the court of Session.

Section. 209

The commitment of the case to the Court of Session when an offence is triable
exclusively by it.

Section. 210

Procedure to be followed when there are a complaint case and police investigation in respect of the same


Chapter – 17. The Charge. (Section. 211 – 224)

Section. 211

Contents of charge.

Section. 212

Particulars as to time, place and person.

Section. 213

When the manner of committing an offence must be stated.

Section. 214

Words in charge taken in
sense of law under which offence is punishable.

Section. 215

Effect of errors.

Section. 216

The court may alter charge.

Section. 217

Recall of witnesses when the charge

Section. 218

Separate charges for
distinct offences.

Section. 219

Three offences of the same kind within year may be charged together.

Section. 220

 Trial for more than one

Section. 221

Where it is doubtful what offence has been committed.

Section. 222

When offence proved included in 
offence charged.

Section. 223

What persons may be charged

Section. 224

Withdrawal of remaining charges
on conviction on one of several charges.


Chapter – 18. Trial Before A Court Of Session.

 (Section. 225 – 237)

Section. 225

Trial to be conducted by the Public Prosecutor.

Section. 226

The opening case for the prosecution.

Section. 227


Section. 228

Framing of charge.

Section. 229

Conviction on plea of guilty.

Section. 230

The date for prosecution evidence.

Section. 231

Evidence for prosecution.

Section. 232


Section. 233

Entering upon defence.

Section. 234


Section. 235

The judgment of acquittal or

Section. 236

Previous conviction.

Section. 237

Procedure in cases instituted under section 199(2).


Chapter – 19. Trial Of Warrant Cases By Magistrates. 

(Section. 238 – 250)

Section. 238

Compliance with Section 207.

Section. 239

When accused shall be discharged.

Section. 240

Framing of charge.

Section. 241

Conviction on plea of

Section. 242

Evidence for prosecution.

Section. 243

Evidence for defence.

Section. 244

Evidence for prosecution.

Section. 245

When accused shall be discharged.

Section. 246

The procedure, where accused, is not discharged.

Section. 247

Evidence for defence.

Section. 248

Acquittal or conviction.

Section. 249

Absence of complainant.

Section. 250

Compensation for accusation without reasonable cause.



Chapter – 20. Trial Of Summons Cases By Magistrates. 

(Section. 252 – 259)

Section. 251

The substance of accusation to be stated.

Section. 252

Conviction on plea of

Section. 253

Conviction on plea of
guilty in absence of accused in petty cases.

Section. 254

Procedure when not convicted.

Section. 255

Acquittal or Conviction.

Section. 256

Non-appearance or death of complainant.

Section. 257

 Withdrawal of complaint.

Section. 258

Power to stop proceedings in certain cases.

Section. 259

Power of court to convert summons
into warrant cases.


Chapter – 21. Summary trials. (Section. 260 – 265L)

Section. 260

Power to try summarily.

Section. 261

Summary trial by Magistrate of
the second class

Section. 262

Procedure for summary trials.

Section. 263

Record in summary trials.

Section. 264

Judgment in cases tried summarily.

Section. 265

Language of record and judgment.

Section. 265A

Application of the Chapter.

Section. 265B

Application for plea bargaining.


Guidelines for mutually satisfactory.

Section. 265D

Report of the mutually satisfactory disposition to be submitted
before the Court.

Section. 265E

Disposal of the case.

Section. 265F

The judgment of the Court.

Section. 265G

The finality of the judgment.

Section. 26H

Power of the Court in plea bargaining.

Section. 265I

Period of detention undergone by the accused to be set off against
the sentence of imprisonment.

Section. 265J


Section. 265K

Statements of accused not to be used.

Section. 265L

Non-application of the Chapter.


Chapter – 22. Attendance Of Persons Confined Or Detained Prisons.
(Section. 266 – 271)

Section. 266


Section. 267

Power to require the attendance of prisoners.

Section. 268

Power of State Government  to
Exclude certain persons from the operation of Section 267.

Section. 269

Officer in charge of prison to abstain from carrying out order in
certain contingencies.

Section. 270

Prisoner to be brought to court in custody

Section. 271

Power to issue a commission for examination of a witness in prison.

Chapter – 23. Evidence In Inquiries And Trials.

 (Section. 272 – 299)

Section. 272

Language of Courts.

Section. 273

Evidence to be taken in presence of accused.

Section. 274

Record in summons cases and inquiries.

Section. 275

Record in warrant cases.

Section. 276

Record in a trial before Court
of Session

Section. 277

Language of record of evidence.

Section. 278

Procedure in regard to such evidence when completed.

Section. 279

Interpretation of evidence to accused or his pleader.

Section. 280

Remarks respecting demeanour of the witness.

Section. 281

Record of examination of accused.

Section. 282

Interpreter to be bound to interpret truthfully.

Section. 283

Record in High Court.

Section. 284

When attendance of witness may be dispensed with and commission

Section. 285

Commission to whom to be issued.

Section. 286

Execution of commissions.

Section. 287

Parties may examine witnesses.

Section. 288

Return of commissions.

Section. 289

Adjournment of proceeding.

Section. 290

Execution of foreign Commissions.

Section. 291

Deposition of medical witness.

Section. 291A

Identification report of Magistrate.

Section. 292

Evidence of officers of the Mint.

Section. 293

Reports of certain Government scientific experts.

Section. 294

No formal proof of certain documents.

Section. 295

Affidavit in proof of conduct of public servants.

Section. 296

Evidence of formal character on affidavit.

Section. 297

Authorities before whom affidavits may be sworn.

Section. 298

Previous conviction of acquittal
how proved.

Section. 299

Record of evidence in absence of accused.

Chapter – 24. General Provisions As To Inquiries And Trials. (Section.
300 – 327)

Section. 300

A person once convicted or acquitted not to be tried for the same offence.

Section. 301

Appearance by public prosecutors.

Section. 302

Permission to conduct the prosecution.

Section. 303

Right of the person against whom proceedings are instituted to be

Section. 304

Legal aid to accused at State expense in certain cases.

Section. 305

Procedure when a corporation or registered society is an accused.

Section. 306

Tender of pardon to an accomplice.

Section. 307

Power to direct tender of pardon.

Section. 308

Trial of person not complying with the condition of pardon.

Section. 309

Power to postpone or adjourn proceedings.

Section. 310

Local inspections.

Section. 311

Power to summon material witness, or examine person present.

Section. 311A

Power of Magistrate to order a person to give specimen signatures or

Section. 312

Expenses of complainants and witnesses.

Section. 313

Power to examine the accused.

Section. 314

Oral arguments and memorandum of arguments.

Section. 315

Accused person to be a competent witness.

Section. 316

No influence to be used to induce disclosure.

Section. 317

Provision for inquiries and trial being held in the absence of
accused in certain cases.

Section. 318

Procedure where accused does not understand proceedings.

Section. 319

Power to proceed against other persons appearing to be guilty of

Section. 320

Compounding of offences.

Section. 321

Withdrawal from prosecution.

Section. 322

Procedure in cases, which Magistrate cannot dispose of.

Section. 323

Procedure when, after the commencement of inquiry or trial, Magistrate
finds case should be committed.

Section. 324

Trial of persons previously convicted of offences against coinage,
stamp law or property.

Section. 325

Procedure when Magistrate cannot pass sentence sufficiently severe.

Section. 326

Conviction or commitment on evidence partly recorded by one
Magistrate and partly by another.

Section. 327

Court to be open.


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