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Identify fake lawyers!


Identify fake lawyers!

Chief Justice JS Khehar has advised the lawyers' apex body Bar Council of to better the standards of legal institutions through regular training, imparting ethical practices and to make lawyers competent enough to perform their obligations towards their clients, is pertinent and well-intentioned. His stress on teaching young lawyers the right ethics is also beyond question.

It is shocking to note that a verification drive by the Bar Council of India (BCI) of fake lawyers across the country could touch a whopping 50 per cent.

The BCI chief, Manan Mishra, told a gathering which included Chief Justice J. S. Khehar and other judges of the Supreme Court recently that the council's two-year drive has shown that the numbers of genuine lawyers could be as low as 55-60 per cent and the campaign to identify the ‘fake' ones is not yet over. Chief Justice Khehar's intervention that the BCI must go after not just those with fake law degrees but also those who have no qualification and those who had never gone to college but managed to enter the legal profession, stands to reason and must be pursued. That these people work without a licence and go to court without due authority is appalling indeed. It speaks poorly of the system of regulation and detection of improprieties and while BCI needs to be congratulated for this survey it is difficult to comprehend how the judiciary and the country at large have been taken for a ride all these years.

There is no denying that the time for action has long arrived. If the fake lawyers are weeded out as they should be, this would predictably enhance the quality of justice.

The judiciary and the government must work together to remedy the situation and to iron out the inadequacies in the legal system.

The Northlines is an independent source on the Web for news, facts and figures relating to Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and its neighbourhood.


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