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It’s celebration time: Chief Justice of Madras High Court A.K. Ganguly cutting a cake to mark the fourth anniversary of the Madurai Bench at a function organised by the Women Advocates Association on Thursday. From right: Judges Elipe Dharma Rao, Prabha Sridevan and P. Jyothimani.
It’s celebration time: Chief Justice of Madras High Court A.K. Ganguly cutting a cake to mark the fourth anniversary of the Madurai Bench at a function organised by the Women Advocates Association on Thursday. From right: Judges Elipe Dharma Rao, Prabha Sridevan and P. Jyothimani.

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Chief Justice of Madras High Court A.K. Ganguly’s advice to lawyers

MADURAI: The Chief Justice of Madras High Court A.K. Ganguly on Thursday urged lawyers not to misguide the courts or present incorrect facts in an attempt to obtain favourable orders.

“You (lawyers) are an officer of the court. You carry a brief of truth and honesty. While presenting your client’s case, don’t try to compromise with the virtues. You owe an obligation to the other side too and you have to be fair,” he said.

The Chief Justice was addressing a gathering after inaugurating a few library sections and a conference hall named after philanthropists who donated for the cause at the Women Advocates’ Association in the Madurai Bench.

Stating that High Court as well as lower court Judges had to work under great pressure, he said that lawyers could ease the pressure by the way they presented their cases. The assistance of lawyers was of great value in rendering justice.

In an oblique reference to the recent boycott of courts by lawyers against the Full Court’s decision to permit court staff to apply for 201 Civil Judge vacancies, the Judge asked lawyers to represent their grievances to him without resorting to such moves.

Recalling his work experience at the High Courts in Kolkatta and Mumbai, Mr. Ganguly said: “In my opinion, Madras High Court is the best.” Commending the devotion of the lawyers here, he asked them to carry it forward to a stage where it could be set as a role model for the country.

“The tenure of Judges is limited, but the tenure of lawyers is not so. The Madurai Bench is stepping into the fifth year of its existence. Let it grow and celebrate its golden jubilee,” he said amidst loud cheers.

The Chief Justice also lauded The Hindu for carrying a news item, ‘Bench, a boon to people in southern districts,’ on Thursday. “A very good article by The Hindu has been published today… This article not only lists the benefits accrued to the litigants but also contains some accurate facts and figures which are very correct,” he said.

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