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Prasad for making ‘pro bono’ aid a precondition for elevation as judges

Prasad for making ‘pro bono’ aid a precondition for elevation as judges

NEW DELHI: The Government today pitched for making free legal aid extended by a lawyer to the poor as an “important precondition” for elevating them as judges of constitutional courts.

Addressing a gathering in the presence of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, law minster Ravi Shankar Prasad said the time has come to explore the possibility of making genuine pro-bono (usually legal work undertaken for free for poor clients) lawyering as an important precondition for elevating an advocate as a judge of a High Court or the Supreme Court.

“I feel very strongly about it. When I talk of pro-bono lawyering, I am very clear, I mean legal aid wth empathy and compassion and not for publicity.

“I think my lords are seasoned men to segregate as to which lawyer is giving legal advice as a proforma compliance and who is giving with commitment,” he said. (AGENCIES)

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