By Edrich Miranda
The most effective communication from a retired High Court chief Justice, to budding lawyers, was to devote time to your legal aid cell.
Chief Justice (Retd) J. N. Patel, yesterday shared his bad experiences at police stations and jails, vehemently denouncing the functioning of trial courts, saying, number of alleged accused are incarcerated in jails pending trials, because magistrates routinely remand them to judicial custody, that gives your legal aid cells a good opportunity to do good work where one can learn as well as build goodwill. at the annual “Lex Communique”2023, held at Thakur Ramnarayan College of Law, Dahisar, Mumbai.
The themes were Model Parliament and Trial Advocacy on an all India basis, wherein Oriental Law College procured the 1st place, followed by Pravin Gandhi College of Law, the 2nd place and Christ Law College the 3rd place. Bennet University, GLC and Symbiosis, were also recipients of trophies, certificates and cash prizes respectively.
In response to a querie, as to whether non-advocates could be included in the legal cell of colleges? Justice Patel, resorted, yes of course. The same querie, posed to A. K. Singh, principal of TRCL, received an endorsement. I am grateful to the trustees for giving me a free hand to regulate academics, said A.K. Singh the principal. As usual it was Professor Rajawant Rao, his team the faculty, and student volunteers, who meticulously organized the event.