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Students Interact With Judges

Cuttack: Students from DAV Public School, CDA, Cuttack on Saturday visited Orissa High Court building and interacted with Judges, who shared their experience with the kids.  

As many as 25 students of Class -XI and XII along with their teachers from the DAV school visited the High Court premises at Cuttack. The students interacted with Justice Gourishankar Satapathy and Justice Chittaranjan Dash who shared with them their experience as lawyers and explained how Civil and Criminal Courts function in effective administration of Justice.

Justice Shri Satapathy discussed the theories of punishment and emphasized on the effectiveness of the reformative theory in the criminal justice system.

Justice Chittaranjan Dash shared his experience as lawyer and explained to the students that Judges are adjudicators and they decide cases on the basis of material evidence. Justice Shri Dash stressed that a Judge should be a good human being otherwise he cannot render justice in its true spirit.

Both the Judges encouraged the students to aspire for becoming good lawyers and judges with special mention of hard work as a necessity for the same.

During the visit, lawyers Kajol Sahoo and Benugopal Mohapatra were present on the occasion. They explained various aspects of judicial functioning to the students.

The students saw the Chief Justice’s courts and chambers in the Heritage Building and the New Building of the High Court, Judges’ Library and the Conference Halls. They put queries which were answered by the lawyers.

The students were shown video clips of swearing-in-ceremony of Judges and explained the procedure involved therein. Video clip of the hearing of one Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was also played for viewing of the students in the Chief Justice’s court room.

The students also visited Aain Seva Bhawan which houses the Odisha State Legal Services Authority and the High Court’s Arbitration and Mediation Centers where they were sensitized about the Alternative Dispute Redressal (ADR) mechanism and its contribution in redressal of the grievances of poor litigants.

At Odisha Judicial Academy, the students were given ideas about various kinds of training programmes designed for the lawyers and Judges.

On Children’s Day, 2021, the premises of the High Court were, for the first time, opened for children. Since then, students of many institutions including hearing and speech impaired and visually challenged children have visited the High Court and its allied institutions like Odisha State Legal Services Authority and Odisha Judicial Academy.

The purpose of organizing such visits is to bring transparency about the real functioning of the judiciary which is different from the myths prevailing in the society.