Pune: Bombay High Court Judge Justice AS Oka on Sunday said, “The duty of a lawyer is first to be officer of the court and then towards the client. In case of conflict between court and client, the duty towards the court prevails over duty towards the client. Lawyers should maintain decorum, dignity and etiquette of the courts.”
He was speaking during the valedictory function of ‘Justice PN Bhagwati 8th International Moot Court’ competition on Human Rights at Bharati Vidyapeeth New Law College, Kothrud.
“There is a need of good trial lawyers. Human rights of common man were preserved by our freedom fighters and historians including Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, Savitribai Phule among others,” Justice Oka added.
He added, “The art of advocacy is a must for the legal profession. Essentials of Art of Advocacy are art of studying a judge, art of studying the opponent, sometime silence also plays an important part in advocacy.”
Justice Deepa Sharma of Delhi High Court said, “All fundamental rights and directive principles are part and parcel of human rights (Part III and Part IV of Indian Constitution). Lawyers should also think by going out of box to find the solution of the problem.”
Prof Dr Mukund Sarda stated, “There are 5 C’s to Success Creativity, Connectivity, Competition, Capacity building and Credibility.”
The valedictory function was concluded in the presence of Prof Dr Mukund Sarda, Principal, New Law College, Justice JR Midha and Justice Deepa Sharma of Delhi High Court, Justice CT Ravi Kumar of Kerala High Court, Justice VS Sirdhana of Rajasthan High Court, Justice Ajay Mohan Goel of Himachal Pradesh High Court and G Jaykumar, Registrar, Bharati Vidyapeeth, Pune.
Symbiosis Law School, Pune, was declared winner of the competition, while Department of Law, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, was declared runner-up and second runner- up was National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kerala. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow, got the best memorial award, while Rifat Zabeen Khan was awarded ‘Best Speaker’ award.