Madras High Court Judge R.S. Ramanathan has called upon lawyers in trial courts to be more diligent in their handling of cases.

He was laying the foundation stone for the District Munsif cum Judicial Magistrate Court building at Thiruvadanai near here on Thursday. “I began my career as a lawyer in a Tirunelveli district court. So I am aware of the difficulties lawyers face in trial courts. The job of lawyers in High Courts is easy. But the lawyers in trial courts should be careful in preparing the pleadings and written statements based on information provided by the litigants,” he said.

“High Court lawyers will take credit if they win a case and put the blame on trial court lawyers if they lose,” the Judge added.

If the pleadings in civil cases were not made properly by the lawyers in trial courts, the cases would go awry. Similarly, if the lawyers failed to record properly, the contradictions and omissions in criminal cases would turn disastrous for the litigants, the Judge said.

Commending the performance of lawyers, especially those handling civil cases in Ramanathapuram district court, Justice Ramanathan, who is the portfolio judge for the district, said, “If a judge served in the district court for three years, he would become an expert in CPC (Civil Procedure Code). The lawyers are efficient in preparing order 21,” he added.

The Judge expressed surprise that only 227 civil cases, 224 criminal cases and 9 maintenance cases were pending before the taluk headquarters court in Thiruvadanai. “This showed that the people of this area are amicably settling the cases out of the court,” he said.

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