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The Roots Resource, in collaboration with NALSAR’S Nyaya Forum for Courtroom Lawyering, will interview Karnataka High Court Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka on Sunday, July 5 at 11 am on issues related to the practice of law.
The interview will be live streamed on the YouTube channel of Roots Resource.
Chief Justice Oka has delivered several commendable decisions on freedom of expression, freedom to protest, the rights of the homeless to rehabilitation, and a plethora of other decisions that directly affect the lives of citizens.
Further, Chief Justice Oka had recently issued a direction that trial courts ought not to be called “lower courts”, which reflects an important shift in institutional thinking about the "hierarchy of courts".
Roots Resource is a free, dynamic database of judgments and related material targeted to help trial lawyers who represent vulnerable clients.
It is a collaborative platform for lawyers to share their research, discuss strategies to improve outcomes in cases, and to find solidarity within the larger community of lawyers working to strengthen access to justice.
The platform has been developed with the advice of certain trial lawyers practising in Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Telangana, who have been representing marginalized individuals and communities.
Among others, the advisors to the Roots Resource include Justice Madan Lokur, Dr Kalpana Kannabiran, Advocate Seema Misra, Advocate Geeta Ramaseshan, and Bar & Bench Editor-in-Chief, Pallavi Saluja.
Speaking about the initiative, Roots Resource Founder Swathi Sukumar said,
In an attempt to increase accessibility of legal materials, the platform will be hosting the Video Vakils program, inviting lawyers to share videos of 10-minutes or less, addressing any one of the listed problems faced by vulnerable litigants. The videos maybe be sent in English or Hindi.