Gangtok, 09 Jun [IPR]:Two-day training for novice lawyers and final year law students of Government Law College, Burtuk, Sikkim University and ICFAI kicked off today at the auditorium hall of High Court of Sikkim in Gangtok. The short-term training is being organized by Sikkim State Legal Service Authority [SSLSA].
Judge of High Court of Sikkim, Justice MeenakshiMadanRai, who is also the Executive Chairperson of SSLSA, attended the inaugural function as chief guest in the presence of Judge, High Court of Sikkim, Justice Bhaskar Raj Pradhan, as guest of honor along with Lokayukta, State of Kerala and former Chief Justice, High Court of Sikkim, Justice Pius C Kuriakose, as resource person.
Addressing the inaugural function, Justice Rai mentioned that the legal profession is a serious and solemn profession and those who have a noble calling towards this profession are said to be its honourable members.
“The entry to this professional course only requires a technical qualification but the honour as a professional has to be maintained by its members with exemplary conduct within and outside the court. As a leading member of the intellectuals in society and as a responsible citizen of the country, the lawyer has to conduct oneself as a model for others in all the spheres of life i.e., professional, public and private life,” she added.
Justice Rai further spoke on the procedural laws and urged the participants to follow them judiciously inorder to become responsible lawyers.
Earlier, Lokayukta, Justice Kuriakose, enlightened the gathering on the subject matter of the training. He highlighted the topic of discussion and referred to the legal profession as a noble profession. He also stated that the training programme will be of immense help to the students to become good lawyers in the future. He further stressed on the importance of the three attributes in the legal profession i.e., Learning, Integrity and Service mindedness.
He appealed to the participants to be honest in their profession by providing useful legal assistance to the judges and giving correct legal advice to clients and urged the students to maintain professional integrity and honesty towards the clients, judges and even the adversaries. He also requested the aspiring lawyers to charge reasonable fees and have a concern for the financial position of the clients approaching them.
Later, a working session was held which was presided over by Justice Kuriakose. Justice Pradhan, Senior Advocate, A K Upadhyaya, and Panel Advocate, SSLSA, SS Hamal, were the resource persons during the working session.
Justice Pradhan touched upon topics like courtrooms manners, courtroom language, general behavior towards judges, lawyers especially lawyers on the opposite side. He further provided detailed analysis on the presentation of cases, short submissions to be made during roll call, submissions during hearing on interlocutory matters and final hearing cases to the participants.
Also during the technical session, Senior Advocate, MrUpadhyaya, briefed the participants on client relationship and discussion with clients.