CJI concerned over falling standards of legal profession

Altamas Kabir

Kabir said there was need to adopt the model of primary health centres to reach the doorstep of villagers for providing them with justice and asked the BCI and State Bar Councils to increase awareness among the rural masses.

"There is need to work towards setting up legal aid centres in the rural and outlying areas on the lines of primary health centres. These centres would not only increase awareness among the people, but would also provide them with means for dispute resolution through mediation and lokadalats," he said. Further, he appreciated the introduction of mobile vans to dispense legal aid to the poor at their doorstep.

"These are things that the BCI must indulge in," the CJI said and called lawyers to brace itself for the changes coming up with the introduction of Internet and globalisation.

He also welcomed the student exchange programmes with foreign universities proposed by BCI Chairman Manan Kumar Mishra, as absolutely necessary.

"Try to learn from others who also want to learn from us" he said.

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