Lawyers' role pivotal for any liberal democracy, says CJI K.G. Balakrishnan

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New Delhi, March 7 (ANI): Chief Justice of India K. G. Balakrishnan on Sunday said in any liberal democracy lawyers' role is pivotal and the similar role was played by lawyers during Indian freedom movement as well as in framing of the Constitution of India.

Speaking on the occasion of conclusion of 9th Amity National Moot Court Competition organized by Amity Law School, Delhi, Chief Justice K. G. Balakrishnan said: "The role of lawyers is pivotal in any liberal democracy.

The similar role was played by lawyers in our freedom movement as well as the framing of our constitution. In order to sustain and deepen the healthy democratic system, it is important for law students to imbibe values such as respect for those who hold contrary views; the willingness to resolve differences through constructive dialogue and sensitivity to the needs of the poor and disadvantaged sections of the society. It goes without saying that our Law colleges need to serve as incubators of these values," said Chief Justice K. G. Balakrishnan.

Mentioning that that there are several challenges that need to be overcome to pursue this agenda, Chief Justice Balakrishnan said: "The foremost being the resource constraints faced by our law colleges all over the country, which are finding it difficult to attract motivated teachers. There are several underlined reasons for the same one of them being that the talented law graduates are increasingly driven to the more lucrative career options."

He stressed that there is need for devising methods to attract some of the best talent to the teaching line, after all any law college needs highly qualified and motivated faculty members to train the students in the careers in the bar and the judiciary."

"The knowledge that is imparted through rigorous and engaging classroom discussions often proves to be an important influence in future career of the students. Another aspect which needs our attention is overall expectations from legal education. While a law degree does enable a person to enroll as an advocate, the curriculum must also take into consideration the broader mandates of sensitizing students about social, economic and political realities.

Legal education must promote a strong interdisciplinary agenda; disciplines such as Political Science, Sociology, Economics, Literature and Philosophy enrich our understanding of the evolution of the laws and helps us engineer reforms for the future," he said.

"Students passing out of the law colleges have a wonderful career now a days; lot of opportunities exists in the profession. The only thing is that you have to work hard and make use of these opportunities," he added.

Also present on this occasion was the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Arun Jaitely who said: "Some of you will grow very rapidly. The potential for growth is huge. India is an overpopulated country there is lot of crowding at the bottom but for those who have the ability to achieve excellence there is always a lot of space available at the top. The world is increasingly becoming very competitive and cruel; it works on the principle of "Survival of the Fittest" and therefore, what background you come from; what extent your family is able to support you after the initial few years will completely become redundant."

" There will be those who move on to the fast track and there will be those who confined themselves to mediocrity. I think the space of the fast track is very wide and therefore, for those who get into the legal profession there is a huge scope and the best of the scope is yet to come. There is lot of space for excellence and unless you reach the target of attaining that standard of excellence, I think you will not be able to fully utilize the inputs that have gone into the development of your personalities," Mr. Jaitely added.

Meanwhile, Chief Justice K. G. Balakrishnan and the Leader of Opposition Arun Jaitley, felicitated the winners from National Law University, Jodhpur on this occasion.

National Law University, Jodhpur won 9th Amity National Moot Court Competition organized by Amity Law School, Delhi

The competition was organized to hone the advocacy skills of the students, assess their knowledge of the nuances of the law and give them a feel of the real court proceedings.

This year's competition was based on the issues relating to "Intellectual Property Law/Constitutional Law and Administrative Law".

Winning Team from National Law University, Jodhpur was given a Rolling Trophy and a cash prize of Rs. 10, 000 and Runner-Up team from NALSAR, Hyderabad was felicitated with a trophy and a cash prize of Rs. 5, 000 .

The Best Memorial Award went to the team of NALSAR, Hyderabad. Niharika from NALSAR, Hyderabad was declared the Best Speaker. Best Researcher Award was lifted by Prabhat Kumar from NALSAR, Hyderabad

Over 28 colleges and institutes across India participated in the competition including NALSAR, Hyderabad ; Government Law College, Mumbai; NLIU, Bhopal; University Law College, Bangalore and GGSIP University. (ANI)

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