CJP urges lawyers to earn respect through conduct, hard work

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LAHORE: Addressing at Pakistan College of Law graduation ceremony in Lahore on Saturday, chief Justice of Pakistan Asif Saeed Khosa urged layers community to earn respect through conduct, hard work an dedication.

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He spoke of yesteryear, when lawyers and judges were accorded a great degree of respect. The respect for the profession is still there, he said, adding that young lawyers must now earn their own respect through their conduct.

But most of all, he said they need hard work. You have to prepare your case well and if you have a sound argument or through your hard work you have found the exact ruling on the point, you don’t have to argue, you have to present the book before the judge and you’ll win, he assured them.

The top judge said articulation is an added advantage. But if your hard work is conveyed, that it will do the trick, he said. “You don’t have to be a good speaker all the time.”

He told the graduates that they do, however, need a well-rounded personality, especially in Pakistan.

“In this country, every social issue, economic issue and political issue ultimately ends up in a court of law,” he said. Unless you have a well-rounded personality and knowledge about different disciplines, it will be difficult for you to understand the scope of the arguments, he cautioned.

Pakistan’s top judge urged the new lawyers to keep informed, through books, magazine and newspapers. He also said that they should know that the most informed and knowledgeable people they will meet when they go to court will be the clerks (munshis). He advised the college to groom students for lawyering while also teaching them law.

He spoke of yesteryear, when lawyers and judges were accorded a great degree of respect. The respect for the profession is still there, he said, adding that young lawyers must now earn their own respect through their conduct.

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