Lawyers may have genuine grievances but they should not resort to the boycott of courts to have them settled (“When lawyers stay away from courts,” June 19). While their image takes a beating when they indulge in such acts, the whole institution is also shown in a poor light.
Frequent boycotts will force litigants to settle their disputes outside the court. Lawyers will end up losing the confidence of their clients. Unfortunately, the trend of boycotting courts has assumed monstrous proportions, and well-intentioned lawyers are helpless.
Some lawyers of Tamil Nadu, who gave the call to boycott courts recently, have alleged that the Director-General of Police was willing to meet only a few, and not all those who wanted to protest the arrest of some of their colleagues. There was no need for many lawyers to meet him, causing disruption at his office. A memorandum could have been given to him by a few representatives.
I have been a Madras High Court lawyer since 1956. I have never had any confrontation with the police. In fact, whenever I have visited police stations representing the cause of my clients, I have been treated well.
C. Lakshmi Narain,
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