Lawyers should develop communication skills as a tool for career progression. They should also adhere to principles of ‘dharma' upon which various laws have been framed, said G.M. Akbar Ali, Judge, Madras High Court.

Delivering the valedictory address at the two-month free coaching session for aspirants for civil judges examination, conducted jointly by the Muslim Law Academy, Central Zone and the Tiruchi Bar Association here on Sunday, Justice Akbar Ali explained the pattern of four papers for the examination for recruitment of civil judges to be held at this month-end.

The aspirants should ensure clarity in presenting their answers. Explaining his experience in evaluating the answer sheets of competitive examinations held earlier, he cautioned the aspirants not to project irrelevant information that might confuse the examiner.

He advised trainees to be fully prepared on topics such as ‘legal services', ‘criminal laws', ‘translation' so that they would be able to face the exam without much difficulty.

Revision of their answers was a must for inclusion of key words or for effecting important corrections. On translation aspect, he said though language would not be a barrier for the candidates, they should be familiar with certain key words in both English and Tamil. Pointing out that the principles of justice formed the basic tenets of law, he explained the logo of the Supreme Court.

Justice Akbar Ali hailed the services being rendered by the Academy and the Tiruchi Bar Association on a sustained basis for producing quality judges.

He also lauded cooperation by resource persons, including the district judicial officers, A.S. Ravi, First Additional District Munsif and A.K. Mehbub Ali Khan, Principal District Munsif and Judicial Magistrate, Lalgudi.

P. Vel Murugan, Principal District Judge, appealed to trainees to develop self-confidence.

The college has been notified as a centre for the written test to be held this month. K. Govindarajan, former principal, Government Law College, Tiruchi, underlined the role of judiciary in protecting the democracy of our country.

R. Khader Mohideen, principal of Jamal Mohamed College, and A.K. Khaja Nazeemuddeen, secretary, Jamal Mohamed College, offered felicitations. Syed Tajuddeen Madani, coordinator and O. Shahabuddeen, president of the Academy, said that this was the third batch of advocates being trained for civil judge examination.