NEED DRASTIC TRANSFORMATION

India having the second largest population in the World, with a sizeable chunk of people living in rural areas being illiterate and of course poor, the system under which the legal profession and litigation process run deprives this significant part of the population of getting their legal rights enforced which can by all means be said to amount to injustice to these people. It is pertinent to mention here that there is only one lawyer for every 2,000 persons in India as compared to the developed world like Europe and America where there is one lawyer for every 200 persons. While one of the factors could be inadequacy of the requisite number of lawyers as compared to the population count of this nation, the failure to adjust to new trends amid globalization is yet another significant factor as the needle of convenience and accessibility seems to have further shifted in favour of the affluent class, the reason being failure of the concerned stakeholders to maintain the balance between the global and local factors. In such a situation the poor and the disadvantaged people have no option but to silently suffer injustice. As a result, in every issue litigated in India the rich do enjoy unfair advantage as compared to the poor ultimately resulting in adversarial proceedings where parties are not equally placed thus defeating the very principles of equity. Hence it is very important to address this vital issue by adopting litigant friendly procedures recognized by law to provide justice to the financially weaker sections in the society. Though there are various mechanisms put in place under various laws, on ground these have failed to provide the desired results. It is high time the stakeholders in the judicial system realized that this field is on the threshold of drastic transformation as a consequence of rapid technological developments and the world having been reduced to a global village. As such there is a dire need to focus mainly on the underprivileged section of the society as it constitutes the largest client and litigant bank so far as numbers are concerned. It is an undeniable fact that the changing world has made globalization an unavoidable necessity and alongwith economics and trade, the global standards are getting extended to all the fields including the dispensation of justice. In this regard unless the lawyers initiate drastic changes themselves, it would not be possible to achieve the desired reforms necessary to put the profession viz-a-viz the forefront of poor section of the society. It is hoped that besides the lawyers bringing a drastic change in their mode and attitude of working, the judges too shall discharge their duties objectively and impartially to uphold rectitude, failing which getting justice for the common man in India will continue to be a distant dream. The sooner the concerned stakeholders adjust to the evolving trends focussing equitably on local factors ensuring accessibility of justice especially to the illiterate and poor, the better it is going to be for all primarily the litigants, lawyers and judges and ultimately the eventual beneficiary will be the public.