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The Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana & Bar Council of India organised a ‘National Lawyers Conference’ at the the auditorium of the Bar council of Punjab & Haryana, Law Bhawan, Chandigarh, on Saturday.
The conference was presided over by Manan Kumar Mishra (Chairman, Bar Council of lndia) with Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel, Judge, Supreme Court of lndia, as the chief guest and Justice S S Saron, judge, Punjab and Haryana High Court as a guest of honour Justice Varinder Singh, chief Justice of High Court Jharkhand and Justice Ajay Kumar Mittal, Judge, Punjab and Haryana High Court and Justice Mahesh Grover, Judge, Punjab and Haryana High Court & Justice Rajesh Bindal, Judge, Punjab and Haryana High Court and H S Sidhu, Judge, Punjab and Haryana High court, Justice Haripal Verma, Judge, Punjab and Haryana High Court & Justice Raj Mohan Singh, Judge, Punjab and Haryana High court, as guests.
The judges spoke on the subject of legal education and emphasised on the need for improvement of infrastructure and faculty of the law colleges. The chief guest was at consensus with the view taken by the other judges.
The chief guest Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel highlighted the problems faced and gave suggestions to improve the system. He further highlighted that powers are vested with the Bar council being a statutory body, to regulate the functioning of lawyers.
Rajat Gautam, chairman of the Bar council of Punjab and Haryana, spoke on the topic of legal education. He highlighted the problems of “black sheep” in the profession which are very difficult to locate. He highlighted that due to mushrooming of several ‘law colleges’ in Bihar and UP, the task of bar councils has become difficult. He apprised the chief guest about the problems being faced by the lawyers especially during the initial years of their practice.
Manan Kumar Mishra, chairman, Bar Council of India, said steps had been taken to improve the system and retired as well as sitting judges are monitoring the function of the disciplinary committee, inspection of law colleges and any other important legal education committee.