Promote legal systems focusing on economic development: CJI

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Chandigarh, Mar 14 (UNI) Chief Justice of India, Justice K G Balakrishnan today emphasised the need to promote the legal systems with focus on economic development so that there was no under utilization of resources in the region.

He also stressed upon the need to make the life of the people more prosperous and to preserve resources for future generations.

The Chief Justice expressed these views while addressing the legal fraternity at a seminar on "Law-Globalization and Common Man" organised by the Asia Pacific Jurist Association (APJA) Punjab and Haryana Chapter here today.

He also said the objectives of APJA regarding alternate Dispute Redressal Mechanism and Intellectual Property Right in the era of globalization were relevant, as exchange of ideas, views and legal framework of the countries of Asia and Pacific would enrich the legal luminaries of this region for meaningful cooperation in these matters.

Addressing the gathering on this occasion, Supreme Court judge, Justice Ashok Bhan said that the dissemination of information relating to law and procedure among the countries of Asia-Pacific region in the field of environment and intellectual Property Rights were the main objectives of APJA and had assumed greater significance. He appreciated the efforts of APJA for making common man "more aware" and"more involved" in today's era of Globalization.

Another apex court judge, Justice A K. Mathur in his address said that the environment was a great casualty because of the excessive industrialization. Justice H S Bedi, also of Supreme Court laid stress on benefiting common man through globalization.

Speaking on the occasion Punjab and Haryana High Court, Chief Justice Vijender Jain said that today's conclave was the outcome of his interaction with the representatives of various South- Asian countries in the year 2004 where issues regarding environmental pollution were discussed. It was felt that there was a need to have a platform where certain vital issues pertaining to ecology and environment could be discussed and more and more people could be involved in this task, he added.

Mr H S Mattewal, Punjab Advocate General said that the economic globalization had not been matched with the political globalization in the country, as result the rich were getting richer while the poor were getting poorer. He also stressed on the need to formulate expert opinion on related legal and social issues and submit recommendations to authorities concerned at the state, national and regional levels.

The seminar was attended by a number of Judges of both the Supreme Court and the Punjab and Haryana High court and by senior lawyers and other legal luminaries.

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