Lawyers may have to train in remote areas to get licence

Written by Ronojoy Banerjee | Ronojoy Banerjee | New Delhi | Updated: Jan 2 2012, 07:11am hrs
A mere law degree might not be enough for the young advocates of the country to start fighting cases. The law ministry is considering making it mandatory for candidates passing out of law schools to practise for one year in the lower courts in the remotest districts of the country before becoming eligible to start fighting cases full-time.

Following the training programme, the candidate would be given a certificate by the Central government, which would be a must for the lawyers to practice.

The idea has stemmed from the system that is currently being followed in case of the Indian Administrative Service where a selected candidate is sent to a far flung district for work before he is given a meatier assignment.

The move would not only help the younger lawyers in the country train better, but could also help in disposing of the long list of pending cases. We feel that in order to improve the quality of lawyers in the country, there must be a compulsory training programme, a top source in the ministry of law and justice told FE. He said such a mechanism is needed in a country that not only has a long list of pending cases, but also has a relatively young class of lawyers who start practising soon after graduating from their law schools. We are a very litigious society and lawyers are in a demand all the time. But in order to make the system stronger, they need to have the basic knowledge of the ground realities also, the source said. Law minister Salman Khurshid is likely to meet Chief Justice of India SH Kapadia on January 2 to discuss the final modalities of the programme.

The system that is under consideration would seek to train the young advocates at the grass root level of the talukdars and a lower district courts. The law ministry feels that the move would not only help the younger advocates get a firsthand experience of how law functions in the smaller districts of the country, but also help the government dispose of a huge backlog of cases.