‘Law education in country is in shambles’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 23 Jun 2017 09:29:34



Staff Reporter,

HCBA’s Study Circle initiative applauded by legal fraternity

Expressing deep concern over pathetic condition of law education in the country, retired Supreme Court Judge, Justice V.S. Sirpurkar on Thursday expressed the need to start more practical oriented and focussed initiative like Study Circle to create better lawyers and improve delivery of justice.

Justice Sirpurkar was addressing the legal fraternity after inaugurating ‘Study Circle-2017-2020’ an ambitious project of High Court Bar Association (HCBA) at the High Court auditorium on Thursday. Justice B.P Dharmadhikari, Administrative Judge of Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court was the guest of honour. Senior lawyer Adv A.M.Gordey, Chairman of Study Circle; Adv Anil Kilor, President of HCBA; P.S. Khubalkar, Secretary of HCBA and Adv P.B Patil, co-ordinator of Study Circle also shared the dais.

Recalling the memories of how study circle had helped to shape his career, Justice Sirpurkar said, in 1968, the then Justice B.R Mandlekar had started study circle for the practicing lawyers in city. During those days, a group of lawyers used to discuss the cases and judgments. Study circle had helped us to develop career, he added.

Justice Sirpurkar expressed concern over the pathetic situation of law education in country. He said, previously the law course was of just two years, but the main focus was on procedural law and substantive law. Then duration of law course was increased to three years and now it has become a five year degree course. Unfortunately, the so called brilliant lawyers passed out from the big institutions like National Law Schools hardly know procedural law. Complete use of order 10 and order 11 could shorten the trial, but even the senior lawyers with big names are not able to use these provisions. The senior topmost lawyers in country are committing terrible and horrible mistakes, he added.

Justice Sirpurkar shared many anecdotes when senior lawyers had made horrible blunders in court. He stressed the need to develop reading habits, improve proficiency in language, increase command over different acts and provisions etc.

Justice B.P Dharmadhikari compared the college education with that of a car. A person during his education gets an idea about different attributes of a car, but the platform like Study Circle could teach the application of information i.e. how to drive the car in practice. Study circle is important in shaping a career as a lawyer or future judge, he added.

Adv Anil Kilor in his welcome address discussed the future plans of study circle. Adv A.M.Gordey mentioned that many new teaching formats would be added in study circle. Justice Vasanti Naik, Justice P.B Varale, Justice V M Deshpande, Justice Shalini Phansalkar Joshi, Justice Rohit Deo, Justice Manish Pitale, former Judge Justice R.C Chavan and many senior advocates, judges were present during the programme. Adv Gauri Venkatraman, Adv Bhushan Mohata, Adv Bisen, Adv Sanket Charpe and Adv Sonali Saware welcomed the guests. Adv Priti Rane conducted the proceedings and Adv P.B Patil proposed a vote of thanks.