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Enrich legal culture: Governor
Correspondent KOHIMA, DEC 12 (NPN):
Published on 13 Dec. 2008 12:55 AM IST
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Underscoring the need to safeguard customary laws, Nagaland governor K. Sankaranarayanan has said the law students in Nagaland have a big role to play as the legal system evolved from the traditional customary system to one based on modern court system. Speaking as chief guest at the 4th general conference of the Nagaland Law Students’ Federation (NLSF) at ATI Complex, Kohima, on Friday, the governor said customary laws had played a very important role for many years in the society, but as population increased and society became more complex, “we will need to bring in legal processes that ensure justice and fair play.” “The fundamental principles on which both customary laws and modern legal processes see eye to eye is the principle of natural justice,” Sankaranarayanan said and hoped that law students and other legal brains would dwell on these issues and come up with some solution. He also said that with the separation of executive from judiciary in the State, professionals with legal background would be required to play a vital role in establishing the judicial system. The Governor called upon the law students to rise to the occasion and contribute towards establishment of a rich legal culture in the State. He reminded that across the country, legal brains had contributed to many welfare measures and even improved governance by innovative use of measures like public interest litigations. The governor further said Right to Information had opened up new avenues and become a tool in the hands of citizens to bring about accountability in government departments and systems. In his presidential address, NLSF president T. Lima said it was the duty of lawyers to disseminate knowledge to the lowest level and to fight with conviction all forms of injustice.

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