|"Easier to browse Net than leafing through bulky law books"|
HUB OF INFORMATION: Justice F.M. Ibrahim Kalifulla of the Madras High Court (left) browsing through a law book after inaugurating a library of the Madurai Bench High Court Advocates Association. — Photo: G. Moorthy
MADURAI: Madras High Court judge F.M. Ibrahim Kalifulla on Monday urged Bar associations to consider establishing e-libraries.
After inaugurating a library of the Madurai Bench High Court Advocates Association here on Monday, he said it would be easier to browse the Internet and sources such as compact discs than leafing through bulky law books.
"The State Government has provided us [Madras High Court judges] with a laptop with a broadband connectivity and access to some online law portals. It is very handy and useful. You [lawyers] can also try something of this sort," he said.
Call to young lawyers
In his 45-minute address in Tamil, that held the audience spellbound, judge M. Chockalingam exhorted young lawyers to argue cases on their own without the aid of seniors.
"This Rs.56-crore edifice [Madurai Bench] has not been established to seek adjournments... It took 40 years to establish the Bench, and its success lies in the hands of the young lawyers."
Pointing out that judges had their own frame of mind, he asked lawyers not to shy away from appearing before jurists who posed more questions than others.
On the role of judges, he said: "Being a judge is of no significance. The vital issue is how one delivers justice. I always believe that a person should not merely receive his salary; instead he should earn it. I never allow my ego to take over me, I am dust in the wind and it is the Almighty who guides me in delivering the verdicts."
Association president M. Ajmal Khan said many senior counsel as well as High Court judges had promised to donate money and books to the library, which has been named after S. Rajagopal, former special public prosecutor and father of senior counsel and Member of Parliament R. Shanmugasundaram.
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