A parliamentary committee has urged the Centre to help states set up training academies for advocates on the lines of state judicial academies to ensure that lawyers keep abreast with emerging trends in legal profession.
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Law and Personnel in its latest report tabled in the Rajya Sabha Thursday said, the “Union Government may encourage all the states to set up Advocates Academy on the lines of the State Judicial Academy for providing training to advocates in the states for an independent and integrated judiciary as envisaged under the Constitution of India.”
It said the central government should provide financial assistance to states for establishing and nurturing advocate academies. “In the meantime, the infrastructural facilities of State Judicial Academy may be utilised to provide training for advocates, particularly when these academies are not imparting training to judicial academies officers,” the panel said.
The committee also said that the academies could provide research and resource material to young lawyers to keep them abreast of emerging trends in the legal profession. “It can also provide continued legal education by giving training by senior members of the Bar on latest rulings of Supreme Court and high courts,” said the report.
Currently, legal education is imparted at the graduate and the post graduate level across various colleges spread across the country such as National Law School, Bangalore, National Law School, New Delhi, Delhi University, Amity University, Government Law College, Bombay, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, among many others.
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