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Kokje lays stress on legal training

india Updated: Oct 31, 2006 15:46 IST

ENCOURAGING AN exhaustive study and research in law can eliminate irregularities in legal procedures, said Himachal Pradesh Governor Justice (retd) V S Kokje as the chief guest at the inauguration of Moot Court Room and Legal Aid Centre at School of Law, Devi Ahilya Vishwa Vidyalaya (DAVV) here on Monday.

He regretted the practice prevailing at tehsil and small courts where typists sitting outside courts often draft petitions, which should actually be prepared by the advocates.

Justice Kokje emphasised the need for practical training in law colleges as senior advocates and judges have no time to entertain trainees or junior advocates these days.

Justice Kokje said that in the field of legal education training stops at the initial or primary levels and inexperienced persons sometimes serve at higher posts in courts.

Universities must offer training not only to law graduates but also to advocates and judges, he said. Justice Kokje explained the need for Moot Court competitions and inclusion of work management training in law courses. He appreciated the university’s initiative to open a Legal Aid Centre.

Justice Kokje, DAVV Vice-Chancellor Dr Rajkamal, Justice (redt) Shambhu Singh and School of Law HOD Dr M S Parmar inaugurated the programme by lighting a lamp and garlanding the portrait of Goddess Saraswati.

Dr Rajkamal said that law and order are very important in society. He said that legal education must be combined with IT and modern facilities to improve students’ performance.

Dr Parmar said that courtroom sessions would be held in Moot Court so that students could know how court proceedings take place. Dr Parmar said the Legal Aid Centre would offer services to the needy and poor people. Veteran advocates and judges would provide legal consultation to people at the centre every Saturday and Sunday.

He said that School of Law would soon have courses like cyber law and other advanced courses. A new computer lab was opened at the institute recently.

Justice Kokje signed the declaration for opening of the Legal Aid Centre and released the newsletter of School of Law students.

Dr Rajkamal and Dr Parmar welcomed the guests. Renuka Joshi presented the Saraswati Vandana. Dr Archana Ranka conducted the programme while Dr Parmar proposed the vote of thanks.