Diamond jubilee celebrations of the enrolment of advocate
Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court Jasti Chelameswar has urged members of the legal fraternity to be socially responsible to uphold justice.
He was delivering the presidential address at the diamond jubilee celebrations of the enrolment of advocate M.P. Govindan Nair here at a function held on Saturday.
Justice Chelameswar said that those belonging to the legal profession are expected to educate themselves of various burning issues in society. “Human conflicts and other social problems should be studied by members of the profession. They have a unique opportunity in participating in the lives of the public. Society will respect those who remain aware and is proactive to this opportunity.
“They should also keep up the essential virtues of professional integrity, ethical values and commitment towards the legal system. Moreover, legal practitioners should equip themselves with the changing trends brought about by advancements in science and technology. Those who uphold all these qualities in the legal field will become great individuals.”
The Chief Justice stressed the responsibilities of the three pillars of democracy in ensuring social harmony. “The legislature, executive and judiciary should remain sensitive to the various problems and sufferings faced by the public. This will also help the future generations to lead their lives with dignity,” he said.
He also highlighted some of the problems faced by the judiciary in India. “Governments, both at the Centre and the States, provide special attention in implementing various schemes, like subsidies for housing, for the economically weaker sections. However, the legal system has not received the importance it deserves. For example, only 0.52 per cent of the budget is allocated for it in Kerala. Providing further legal service should be ensured by the State, in addition to training highly competitive practitioners, in order to strengthen the judiciary in the country,” said Justice Chelameswar.
Maharashtra Governor K. Sankaranarayanan, in his inaugural address, said the judiciary has to maintain its humane values as it would ensure greater social harmony in the country. Mr. Govindan Nair has served the law with selfless commitment and untiring responsibility, he said.
Mr. Govindan Nair, in his response to felicitations, said his career has been one that was shaped by many dedicated professionals of the legal field. He had been abundantly blessed by the Almighty and he was humbled by the respect shown by others from the legal system.
Justice C.N. Ramachandran Nair presented a memento to Mr. Nair during the function. Leader of Opposition Oommen Chandy; K.M. Mani, K.C. Joseph, Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, all MLAs; N.S.S. general secretary P.K. Narayana Panicker; Kottayam Municipality chairman Sunny Kalloor; K. Suresh Kurup, ex-M.P.; Kottayam District and Sessions Judge K.P. Prasannakumari; Kottayam Bar Association president George Boban and advocate V.K. Sathyavan Nair spoke.