Role of Advocates in India
Advocates are known as the officers of the court. They are known as so because they are given with that much importance in our legal system as they plays a vital role in the administration of justice. In india,the qualification to become an advocate is a law degree and an enrollment in state bar council of any state. They have right to practice law anywhere in india and it is exclusive right of an advocate to engage in legal profession.
An advocate plays a very important role in Indian society. They are the one who engages with lot of people in their day to day life and understands their problems. Their role is to render legal services and make their life better. Especially in a country like India where there is no legal education at school level, makes the people difficult to get knowledge about the laws of our country. Moreover,india is not a developed country with high literacy rate. That makes the situation even worse. Because of this reason people need to consult lawyers most of the times when they are in trouble. It is the duty of an advocate to give legal advices from the knowledge and experiences he has acquired throughout his practice. Our constitution stipulates that everyone has right to get legal services and even though they are financially weak, it is duty of the state to provide them a lawyer to give legal services. There are various options for that. The prominent one is the legal service authority. There are some authorities which are established under the legal service authority act 1987, whose function is to give free legal services to the needy people. Without spending a single rupee, people can get legal aid as their right. There are lot of advocates working for it.
Advocacy is not only a profession but also a service. The role of advocates in court is not to save an accused by any means but to provide all the legal help that he is entitled to get. There are some ethics that every advocates need to follow in india and these are mentioned under the advocates act 1961. Unlike other countries such as USA & Canada,in india the advocates cant advertise for themselves in any medium for their professional growth or getting more clients. If they do that would be a ground for disqualification as an advocate and bar council of india will take action against them. They are bound by the BCI rules and any contradiction to it fetches the punishment. The advocates and judges are having equal importance in court . An advocate appears for his client in court and argues for the legal right which his client deserves. It is important to note down that everyone has right to being hea/rd according our constitution if they are accused for some crime. It’s the duty of advocate to appear for them and convince the court about his offence and fetch justice to them. Advocates plays a vital role in almost every sector in india. The contribution they have been doing for the upliftment of deprived classes is very significant. It is a profession that fetches respect from the society and it is the duty of an advocate to uphold that.