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Lawyers obligated to provide free legal aid: Justice S Ravindra Bhat

Lawyers are obligated to provide legal assistance at nominal charges or for free as sharing of knowledge and learning has been valued from time immemorial in Indian society, Supreme Court judge Justice S Ravindra Bhat said on Tuesday. Justice Bhat said lawyers are also expected to ensure swifter resolution of disputes through alternative mechanisms. He expressed these views while speaking at an event organised by the Bar Association of India to celebrate its 60 years and commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Apart from him, Justice Indira Banerjee also spoke at the event titled, Lawyers of India Day 2019 , where the association gave awards to various lawyers, including former finance minister Arun Jaitley and senior advocate Ram Jethmalani who were posthumously honoured for their contribution to the legal field. Speaking to a gathering of prominent lawyers and top government law officers, Justice Banerjee said: There should be a joint endeavour by bar and bench .

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