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Update knowledge of amendments to various Acts, judge tells lawyers

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“So that you can shine in their competitive profession”

MOTIVATIONAL:Principal District JudgeW. Sathasivam addressing a special training programme for court staff in Ramanathapuramon Saturday.— Photo: L. Balachandar
MOTIVATIONAL:Principal District JudgeW. Sathasivam addressing a special training programme for court staff in Ramanathapuramon Saturday.— Photo: L. Balachandar

: Lawyers should update their knowledge of special Acts being enacted at regular intervals and on latest amendments to various Acts to shine in their highly competitive profession, District Principal Judge W. Sathasivam has said.

Addressing a training programme on “how to become a successful lawyer”, organised by the Bar Association of Ramanathapuram here on Saturday, the judge said the lawyers, who played an important role in the process of rendering justice, should be abreast with latest legal developments.

Pointing out that many of the lawyers in the district were first generation lawyers, he said they could emerge successful in their career only by sheer hard work and updating their knowledge on a day-to-day basis by reading law journals and important judgements.

“The lawyers should visit the library or present in the court during trial of important civil and criminal cases,” the Judge said. The judge also suggested that the juniors go through the judgments of important civil and sensitive criminal cases and analyse the arguments put forth by the counsel from the two sides and the verdict given by the judge.

Lawyers should avoid visiting police stations, he said. Instead, they should move a petition in the court under section 91 of Cr.P.C to seek the release of those kept in illegal custody in the police stations, the Judge said. They should also take up private complaints and argue the cases free of cost for the complainants to gain experience and training.

Stating that there were only two human right violation cases being tried in the court, the Judge said “this does not mean there are no human right violations in the district, but people had lack of knowledge on human rights and lawyers failed to bring those cases to the court.”

Bar Association President A.Ravichandra Ramavanni advised his colleagues to follow a dress code and do home work, before coming to the court to argue cases. They should develop self-confidence and argue their cases with confidence, he said.

Association Secretary M. Somasundram assured the judge that the Bar Association would exhort the young lawyers to go through law journals and make a presentation on “the verdict I read today everyday.”

Prof.N.Janakiraman and Prof.R.Ramanathan addressed the lawyers on developing self confidence, public speaking, personality and motivation. Later, the Judge addressing an in service training programme for the Ministerial staff of the district court, stressed the importance of writing suit registers with details of adjudication.

Those who failed to update knowledge would not get promotion, he warned. Senior advocate K.Nagarajan and Retired Sheristadar A.Ramasamy also addressed .

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