Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the International Lawyers Conference 2023 at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi on Saturday.
In an occasional speech, Prime Minister Modi said, “Language and simplicity of law is another area of the legal system that is not talked about much.” Earlier, drafting a law was very complex. We are trying to find solutions for this. We have taken the first step towards simplifying data protection law.”
The opening ceremony was attended by key dignitaries including Chief Justice of India (CJI) DY Chandrachud and Union Law Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal.
Modi further said, “I congratulate the Supreme Court of Bharat for making available the tenor of the judgments in the language of the plaintiff.”
Modi further said that the government is making serious attempts to draft laws in simple language, i.e. Indian languages, as much as possible.
“We in the Indian government think that laws should be framed in two ways. A draft will be written in the language you are used to,” he told the legal audience. “The second draft will be written in a language that the ordinary citizen of the country can understand. He should consider the law as his own.”
Modi said there has been a practice of drafting laws in a complex manner.
Praising the legal community, he said, “The judiciary and the Bar have long been protectors of the Indian judicial system and noted that they played a crucial role in India’s independence. Lawyers like Mahatma Gandhi, BR Ambedkar, Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel were,” the Prime Minister said.
The conference, he said, comes at a time when India has witnessed several historic moments.
Referring to the passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill in Parliament, he said it will give new direction and energy to women-led development. He also spoke about the G20 summit and the successful Chandrayaan mission.
“As India works hard to achieve the goal of becoming a developed country by 2047, it needs the foundation of a strong and impartial justice system,” he said. “Impartial justice plays a big role in the world’s growing trust in India,” Modi added.
Meanwhile, CJI Chandrachud said that it was not a utopia to strive for a world where nations, institutions and especially individuals were open to dialogue with each other.
“Each of us has a lot to learn from different jurisdictions, perspectives and, most importantly, from each other. In the next two days, we will witness some of the finest minds including judges from across the world, my own colleagues from the Supreme Court and several high courts, global practitioners and legal scholars,” the CJI said in his address.
In his speech, Union Law and Justice Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal highlighted India’s legal framework that promotes an enabling environment for doing business.
The International Bar Conference 2023, organized by the Bar Council of India, revolves around the theme “New Challenges in the Judicial System” and is scheduled for September 23 and 24. The main aim of this conference is to provide a platform for substantive discussions and consultations on a wide range of legal topics of national and international importance. The aim is to promote the exchange of ideas and experiences and to improve international cooperation and understanding of legal issues.
This inaugural conference, a first of its kind in India, will cover various topics including emerging legal trends, issues related to cross-border litigation, the impact of legal technology and environmental law.
The event will witness the presence and active participation of eminent judges, legal experts and prominent figures from the global legal community.
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