Thursday, March 30, 2023

Advocates should possess a spirit to serve the poor: Justice Goyal


Jamshedpur: A sizeable number of Adivasis of Jharkhand and Odisha are deprived of justice even today.

Many of them are still reeling under poverty and backwardness. Such people should get the benefit of mediation. This can be possible only when the mediators are alert and prompt to offer help to such people.

This was observed on Saturday by Justice Adarsh Kumar Goyal of Supreme Court at the inaugural session of the Mediators Training Camp organized at Jamshedpur Civil Court.

Goyal inaugurated the camp as the chief guest by lighting the ceremonial lamp along with other guests. A total of 72 advocates from the 24 districts of the state are attending the three day training camp.

Speaking to a gathering of judges, advocates, paralegal volunteers and other judicial officials, Goyal said the advocates should not only work for monetary benefits. They should also possess a spirit to serve the poor and needy and those deprived of justice, he said, adding further, “The advocates should be pro-active for welfare-oriented activities so that justice is ensured for everyone.”

The chief guest said that if mediators work with sincerity, the huge burden on the Supreme Court, High Courts and district courts will be reduced to a great extent. “The mediation centres were set up with the very objective of reducing the burden of pending cases on the shoulders of judiciary across the country,” he said.

Goyal appealed to the participating advocates to avail the training opportunity at the camp and train other advocates of the state.

Also present on the occasion was Justice DN Patel of Jharkhand High Court. He said there should be a proper module for training on mediation. He said altogether 10 centres were selected all over the country for the mediators’ training programme. Two centres of Jharkhand, one in Ranchi and the other in Jamshedpur, are included among the 10, he said.

Patel said that around 75 per cent of the cases were being resolved through mediation in Jamshedpur which was top among the mediation centres in the country.

A welcome speech was given on the occasion by the District Judge of Jamshedpur Civil Court BB Mangalmurty who spoke on the necessity to expedite mediation procession in order to reduce the burden of pending cases. A vote of thanks was proposed by the DC of East Singhbhum Amit Kumar.

The programme was conducted by Judicial Magistrate Pragya Vajpayee. High Court Judge Aparesh Kumar and District Bar Association President RN Das were also present on the dais.

The camp is being organized under the joint aegis of Jharkhand Legal Services Authority (JLSA), District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) and National Legal Services Authority (NLSA).

DLSA secretary BK Lal said the advocates will receive training from Prakash Ranjan of Daltonganj, Kiran Tiwary of Dumka and Madhusudan Ganguly of Ranchi. The advocates will learn ways to ensure speedy disposal of family related cases.

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