Friday, 14 February 2014

President of India inaugurates 150th anniversary of the Advocates’ Association of Western India

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the 150th Anniversary of the Advocates’ Association of Western India, Mumbai today (February 8, 2014) at Mumbai.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that lawyers have a duty to ensure that none is denied justice and they should act as the common man’s soldiers who fight for the rights of citizens. 

In addition, they have to continuously strive to uphold the supremacy of the constitution. This can only be achieved if the judiciary remains transparent, impartial and speedily dispenses justice. 

The President said that delay in justice delivery can only be rectified with active cooperation of bar associations. 

Through their association, they should exhort their members to only seek adjournments where the reasons are compelling.

 This is of singular importance as delays increase the cost of litigation rendering justice a distance mirage for the vast majority. 

The President said to play their roles effectively, lawyers would need to ensure that the legal fraternity is knowledgeable, well-trained, equipped with the best of facilities and infrastructure and most importantly, socially committed. 

They must exude confidence and feel secure in their profession. This is a precondition for the establishment of an effective justice delivery system. 

Praising the Advocates’ Association of Western India, the President said its formation was a significant moment in political history of India. 

It signaled an awakening amongst those in the legal profession to play a more active role in the movement for self rule. It spawned a new breed of leadership from this profession that played a critical role in the struggle to achieve independence. 

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