The clarity lawyers have in a case often gets reflected in the judgments that judicial officials make, M.N. Krishnan, Ombudsman to the Local Self-government Institutions, has said.

He was speaking on the topic ‘Court manners and etiquettes’ at a function organised by the Calicut Bar Association and the Ramankutty Nair Foundation in connection with the 10t{+h}death anniversary of Ramankutty Nair here on Friday.

Mr. Krishnan said it was the quality and clarity of a lawyer’s representation of a case that made judgment easy and straightforward. “That clarity, however, comes only when a lawyer is studied and confident of what he is saying,” he said. He exhorted the lawyers to be mindful of their conduct and etiquette inside and outside the courts.

Mr. Krishnan urged them to refresh their knowledge by reading and interacting with experienced lawyers. There are some lawyers who walk straight into the courtrooms after finishing their degrees from law schools. “I will strongly suggest such youngsters to first go to some senior lawyers and acquire the basic practical lessons from them before they get to the court,” he said.

Mr. Krishnan suggested that it was time that at least some lawyers were given training in land survey methods in the wake of the increasing number of litigations involving land acquisitions and recoveries. Such an effort could save a lot of time of the court and make judgment easy. “The Bar Association should take the initiative,” he said.

Calicut Bar Association president C.K. Madhusudan presided over the function. The Ramankutty Nair Foundation donated a computer and a laser printer to the Bar Association. A book ‘Just Black and White,’ dedicated to Ramankutty Nair and written by Srinath Girish, a lawyer at the bar, about the lives and experiences of legal professionals, was released.

Principal district and special judge P. Ubaid spoke. Foundation president K.K. Krishna Kumar welcomed the gathering. Calicut Bar Association secretary Jayaprasanth Babu proposed a vote of thanks.

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