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Help poor get justice, law students urged

india Updated: Dec 02, 2006 15:42 IST

GOVERNOR DR Balram Jakhar on Friday said it was still a difficult proposition to get justice in the country particularly for those from the poor sections of society. He called upon the law students to spare thought on how to address this problem.

He was chief guest at the inaugural function of the 23rd All-India Inter-University Bar Council of India (BCI) Moot Court competition at the National Law Institute University (NLIU) campus here on Friday.

More than 30 teams from across the country are participating in the event. One needs guts to fight for justice and stand up for truth, he said adding a poor and needy person should have easy access to justice and those in the legal system should work towards this cause.

Speaking of social contradictions and lack of accountability as prevalent in the system, he said on the one hand poor and elderly persons entitled to free medicine and pension do not get the same while those involved in Simhastha or pension scam go scot-free. This is also a question of law and justice, he added.

Dr Jakhar said the BCI Moot Court competition, being held in Bhopal for the first time, would give an opportunity to law students to demonstrate their skills and knowledge.

Managing Trustee, BCI, Ashok Deb said the motto of the competition was to improve legal education and professional standards of would-be advocates.

BCI vice-chairman V K Raghuvanshi, while expressing concern over the mushrooming of law colleges in the country, said BCI was working towards upgrading and infusing practicality in the legal education curriculum.

Expressing optimism on the future of law profession, he said unlike in the past it was attracting the best talents now. The competition would provide real life experiences and test advocacy skills of law students, he added.

BCI member V K Bhardwaj, while referring to the qualities of a good advocate, said one should be well-versed in law, must know brief from cover to cover, bring out all facts before law, behave with dignity and observe professional ethics. An advocate represents the trust of a client, he concluded.

Bar Council of Madhya Pradesh chairman Rameshwar Neekhra said it was a matter of great pleasure that such a prestigious event was being held in Bhopal and hoped that students would benefit from it a great deal.

NLIU director Prof Balraj Chauhan said the event would allow participating teams and audience to experience the fire and thunder of a courtroom.

The next three days would help students learn and unlearn, search and research and contribute to legal discipline, he added.