The crucial role played by the judiciary in safeguarding liberty and maintaining rule of law were underlined by speakers at the Law Day celebration held here on Monday.
The speakers also highlighted the judiciary's role in protecting the rights of the people and their freedom at the celebrations that was organised jointly by the Tiruchi Bar Association and the District Legal Services Authority at the Combined Court complex in the city.
In his presidential address, the Principal District and Sessions Judge B. Gokuldas emphasised on providing legal assistance to litigants at lesser cost.
There was no point on the part of the lawyers and judicial officers in blaming each other for the pendency of cases, he said adding that both were two sides of the same coin and should work as a team to clear the backlog.
In line with the call from the Madras High Court, necessary efforts should be taken by the Bar Association and the judicial officers to achieve zero pendency with respect to motor accident cases, Mr. Gokuldas said.
Recalling the reason for celebrating Law Day, Advocate Martin said it was in November 26, 1949 that the Constitution of India was officially adopted. Judiciary had played a vital role in the enactment of right based laws including the Right to Information Act; Employment Guarantee Act; Free and Compulsory Education Act and the Food Security Bill.
Senior Advocate S.K. Mani said the Supreme Court had delivered various landmark judgments on civil, criminal and environmental areas.
The Secretary, District Legal Services Authority, R.Navamurthy; Tiruchi Bar Association president M. Thiagarajan and L.S. Raja Ganesh, president, Criminal Courts Advocates Association offered their felicitations.
Earlier, the Principal District and Sessions Judge administered oath to the lawyers and judicial officers on the occasion.
A ‘patti mandram' on the topic ‘Are women protected by law or society' was organised as part of the celebrations.