Should there be a Help Line Number in High Courts to guide young lawyers and Law students if they need clarification on some points of law?
I don’t know. But until such things happen, law students and young lawyers can call me on +919818069727 preferably between 6pm to 7pm if they need any clarification on any points of law. This will be without obligation. I may not know all the answers, but I will try to guide.
I write this because three months ago a Karnataka Law Student asked me if he can ask me some clarification on a question relating to moot court preparation.
I said no.
Even then, yesterday, he called me and tried to seek some clarification on these points of law. I gave him some answers reluctantly. But he felt delighted to learn the answer.
I then reflected, could he not have asked these questions to law professors? Or to some local lawyer freinds?
It seemed to me that he could not have. The professors may not have answered him as the questions could have been answered only by someone who has experience of practising in these areas of law.
This led me to think that if there is such a Help Line number in every High Court, the law students and new Lawyers can benefit immensely.
Hence, I have written this.
Haresh Raichura 7/4/17
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In 1986, I had just joined chamber of a my Senior Vasant J. Desai. In next week after I had joined, he pointed out to me that he has a Rule to see the house of Junior who joins his chamber.
So I took him to my house for a cup of tea. He looked around in my house.
Next day, he asked, “Don’t you have a fridge in your home?”
I said, we are planning to buy one after few months.
He called a distributer of fridge. Next day a fridge was in my house on credit terms of whenever I can pay, I can pay. There were no hard and fast EMI conditions. No cheques were taken for security.
This senior has profound effect on my thoughts and values. In court rooms, the Judges as well as other seniors, used to give me respect the moment they learn that I am in office of Vasant J. Desai. One day, I will write at lenghth about him.
In Supreme Court, there has been only one Senior Advocate who had once visited my house to see the conditions in which I lived.
His name is Justice Fakhruddin.
The contributions of these seniors have been great in my life.
Haresh Raichura 30/3/17
There are two lines. One is small line. It represents good values of legal profession.
Second line is very big. It represent bad values of legal profession.
You can increase good value of legal profession by cutting short bad values of legal profession. This is a bleeding process. Here force is used to remove bad values of profession.
Another way is to make the small line (of good value) big by using a chalk stick and by making this small line far bigger than the line of bad value. This is Gandhian method. It involves love. Instead of force, love is used.
How this can be done?
Values are higher than ethics.
Good values are transferred from one generation of Lawyers to another generation of Lawyers by Word of Mouth.
Once I dropped few letters to Supreme Court Judges about need to restore Values. None of them replied. But from next month, a new program was started by Supreme Court Bar Association. Every 15 days, a top lawyer of Supreme Court was invited by Bar to give a talk to junior Lawyers about heritage of values of this profession.
This went on for about two months. We learned many things. But then after two months, Bar discontinued these program.
In my young age, I went in public library and learned about values of profession by reading autobiographies of great Lawyers and Judges. I had read autobiographies of Chief Justice M C Mahajan, Justice M C Chagla, M.C. Setlvad, Books of Lord Denning, Justice Oliver Holmes etc.
Recently I also read autobiography of Fali Nariman on Kindle Amazon Digital edition.
If published, I would like to read Autobiography of Justice M B Shah if he ever writes and publishes.
Unfortunately, good Judges and good Lawyers are not writing and publishing their autobiography.
I also read a biography of Justice Antonin Scalia, Judge of US Supreme Court who died recently.
Such books not only introduce us to good values of profession, but they also help us to see new horizons of Law.
Haresh Raichura 30/3/17
Hardwork means 1) More efforts and 2) More Concentration.
A lawyer in Delhi had a office near Court. His office had 9am Rule. The juniors and clerks who came after 9am, were not allowed to enter. Office doors used to close at 9am for Juniors and clerks.
I also know another advocate in Ahmedabad. He is no more at present. He had 7am Rule. The juniors and clerks in office must be present in his office before 7am.
These are some of the hard work rules which I had seen.
In my beginner days in Supreme Court, I had a 9:30am Rule. I used to be in Bar Library before 9:30am. I followed this Rule for many years.
Haresh Raichura 30/3/17
If someone asks you, “Would you like a cup of tea?”
You may answer “yes” or “no’ as per your mood at that moment.
But if you say, “It is my principle not to take tea at this time”, then you are showing “Obedience to principles”. That makes you stronger than others.
And if you say, “Generally, it is my principle to not to take tea at this time”, then you are showing “Obedience to principles with flexibility to make exceptions if need be”.
Summery: Those who show Obedience to principles are usually good and reliable.
The question of Obedience to principles comes only after we have decided to follow some principles.
Haresh Raichura 26/3/2017
Love marriages often broke and turn into prolonged litigations which often reach up to Supreme Court.
On basis of my exposures to such cases, I think three things are necessary for a successful love marriage.
1) Love 2) Understanding & 3) Wisdom.
Justice G.S. Singhvi, while deciding a case of such broken marriage said, “All these are questions of adjustments.”
Sometimes both parties are unwilling to let go and to adjust. Sometimes one party is unwilling to let go and adjust.
Therefore I said that Love, understanding and wisdom, all these three things are necessary for a successful love marriage.
Haresh Raichura 27/3/2017