‘More fast-track courts needed’
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There is an urgent need for fast-track courts for litigation related to heinous crime, but whether to give life term or death penalty for rapists is something that needs to be considered thoroughly, said NR Madhava Menon, Honorary Professor and IBA chair on Continuing legal Education, who is in the city to conduct a workshop. Around 60 advocates from across the country are participating in the event.
Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University New Law College in association with International Bar Association, National Law School of India University, Bangalore and Menon Institute of Legal Advocacy Training is organising the five-day training programme for young advocates on Family Court Practice and Justice to Women and Children. The workshop will conclude on December 23.
"There is an urgent need for continuation of education program mefor lawyers. Society is changing and hence law must adapt itself to be socially relevant. There should be skill development programmes for lawyers throughout their practice time," said Menon.
"Inter-disciplinary skill development is another emerging feature. A lawyer needs to understand science and technology if he needs to litigate a case related to patents or IT sector. Hence, there is a huge demand for inter-disciplinary courses ," Menon said.
Talking about the initiative to set up 120 model courts across the country, he said a dedicated share of these must be family courts.
"We need to make women and children comfortable so that they approach court without fear. The attitude of a family court lawyer should be different from other lawyers as he should always work to keep a family intact than separate them. I think there should be a different bar for family courts," said Menon, adding, "Maharashtra is one of the few states that has a better system of family courts as there are advisers, psychologists, counsellors provided by the government at family courts that makes the experience less harrowing for victims."
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