The Supreme Court judge Justice A K Sikri said on Sunday that hard work was the key to becoming a ‘champion lawyer’, adding that lawyers should not mislead the courts. “All are champions. They should know their hidden skills,” he said. He was speaking during the ‘Surana & Surana National Trial Advocacy Moot Court Competition & National Judgment Writing Competition’, organised by Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University’s New Law College, Pune, on Sunday
Justice Sikri said, “To become a good quality lawyer, he or she should have good knowledge of the law, command over the language, along with oratory skills and presentation of the case.”He said in courts, honesty is the key to success, adding, “A lawyer should not mislead the courts and has to create a goodwill of himself.” He said there were three stages in the profession of a lawyer: “Work with no money, work with money, and less work more money.
Earlier, law was the last resort, but now it has become a passion. Legal profession is becoming charming. Moot courts play a very important role in developing the skills of the students.”
Also present at the event, Justice Dinesh Maheshwari said, “Practicing law in a trial court is the backbone of the judiciary in India. Legacy is important in law education.”
Justice Sikri, Justice Maheshwari, along with Dr Patangrao Kadam, chancellor, Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University, Professor Mukund Sarda, dean & principal, BVDU, New Law College, Professor Dr M M Salunkhe, vice-chancellor, Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University were present at the event.
While School of Excellence in Law, Chennai, won the competition, Symbiosis Law School, Pune, was the runner up. Vijaya Krishnan RP was awarded the ‘Best Speaker’ and Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur, bagged the ‘Best Memorial’ prize.