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National Moot Court competition in Dharwad

Mastering the art of advocacy needs mastery over public speech, says judgeLawyers told to overcome delay in legal procedures with the help of IT

DHARWAD: Legal education is not just knowledge of the law. Law teachers have the responsibility of imparting ethical and humanitarian values in students, the former Chief Justice R.C. Lahoti has said.

He was inaugurating the eighth S.C. Javali Memorial National Moot Court Competition organised under the auspices of the University College of Law here on Thursday.

Role models

Referring to the contribution made by lawyers during the freedom struggle, Justice Lahoti said: "They have to become role models in society. The malice of corruption can be treated only by them," he said.

He expressed concern over the fall in legal standards and gave students tips on becoming good lawyers. "Mastering the art of advocacy needs mastery over public speech. And to master the art you need to be a voracious reader." Justice Lahoti gave examples to show how wit, humour and presence of mind can come to the rescue of a lawyer.

He called upon lawyers to overcome delay in legal procedures with the help of information technology. Mediation and conciliation can help expedite justice, he said.

Changing priorities

V.R. Reddy, former Chairman, Bar Council of India, and Additional Solicitor General of India, spoke on the changing priorities among students and how the legal profession has become a preferred vocation.

M. Khajapeer, Vice-Chancellor, Karnatak University, presided over the function.

C.S. Patil, Principal of the college, welcomed the gathering. B.T. Parthasarathy, Advocate-General, Government of Karnataka, and K.R. Aithal, Dean, Faculty of Law, Karnatak University, were present.