Three-day All India Moot Court Competition kicks off

Gangtok, 10 May:

Law fraternity and students of the State were introduced to the first ever All India Moot Court Competition here at Chintan Bhawan today. The three-day event is being organized by Sikkim Government Law College and National Human Rights Commission.

The inauguration event was attended by Law Minister, R.B Subba along with National Human Rights Commission member Jyotika Kalraa, Human Resource and Development Department Principal Secretary, G.P Upadhaya, SGL College Principal, Ganeshji Tiwari, NHRC Additional Registrar, Bikalraj Rai, students from law colleges and universities from across the country along with faculties and students from Sikkim.

Moot Court Competitions are organized between law students to give them the dynamics of real court to learn how court proceedings and functions are conducted. The topic of discussion for the moot court session was on the right to abortion and termination of unwanted pregnancy in case of rape and other cases.

Minister RB Subba in his address stated that judiciary in the country has been shaping slowly into a strong one.

“Moot court being organized here today is part of experimental exercise for our people to know the intricacies of legal proceedings,” he added.

He further informed that the judiciary and government have collaborated in setting up courts in all four districts of the State along with civil courts in Rangpo and Soreng recently.

Jyotika Kalra, who assumed office as member of NHRC on 05 Apr, 2017 was a practicing advocate and advocate-on-record for more than 27 years at Supreme Court of India. She has filed Public Interest Litigations (PIL) on various women issues such as non-recruitment of women in Armed Forces and was also awarded Outstanding Women (2014) by National Commission for Women.

In her address at the event, she stated, "Lawyers are the leaders of the country and NHRC looks at lawyers to be Human Rights defenders. Students are the strength of the country. Classrooms give you an idea of the subject but you become a lawyer only in court rooms. Moot Court prepares the students for the reality of court rooms.”

She congratulated the students and law fraternity of the State for attending the event.

Students from Maharashtra National Law University, North Bengal University, Lloyd Law College, Uttar Pradesh, Indian Institute of Legal Studies, Siliguri, Jalpaiguri Law College, Bharati Vidhyapeeth New Law College, Pune, National Law University, Bhopal, National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam, National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi, University Five Year Law College, Jaipur, along with students of ICFAI University and Sikkim University are set to participate in the three-day event.