Tricks of the Trade

Justice N. Anand Venkatesh on the Structuring of Pleadings – Part II

By | July 18th, 2020|Adjudication and Judicial Process, Civil Procedure, Guest Speaker Series, Litigation Practice, Tricks of the Trade, Young Lawyers|

Editor’s Note: This post (the second part of a two-part series) is a transcript of a webinar conducted by Justice N. Anand Venkatesh of the Madras High Court on the Structuring of Pleadings under the Civil Procedure Code. The webinar is a part of the Nyaya Forum for Courtroom Lawyering’s Webinar Series on Practical Skills [...]

Justice N. Anand Venkatesh on the Structuring of Pleadings – Part I

By | July 18th, 2020|Adjudication and Judicial Process, Civil Procedure, Guest Speaker Series, Litigation Practice, Tricks of the Trade, Young Lawyers|

Editor’s Note: This post (the first part of a two-part series) is a transcript of a webinar conducted by Justice N. Anand Venkatesh of the Madras High Court on the Structuring of Pleadings under the Civil Procedure Code. The webinar is a part of the Nyaya Forum for Courtroom Lawyering’s Webinar Series on Practical Skills [...]

The End of Banter

By | May 26th, 2020|Adjudication and Judicial Process, Litigation Practice, Success in Litigation, Tricks of the Trade|

Editor's Note: In this article, Swathi Sukumar analyses how the profession of litigation is likely to undergo massive changes as we move into the world of remote adjudication. In my first month of practice, after a hotly contested matter, I was told that I should be less fidgety, because the court can sense anxiety and [...]

Litigating away to an Island of Independence – an Illusion? (I of II)

By | April 20th, 2019|Bar Associations, Bar Council of India Rules, Litigation Practice, Success in Litigation, Tricks of the Trade, Young Lawyers|

In a two-part series, Abhijeet Singh Rawaley* writes about and tests the validity of the tag of independence that is often ascribed to a career in litigation. In this first part, he looks at the intra-profession influences on any practitioner. The second piece in this series will cover the extraneous influences that  litigators face in [...]

Towards Truth as the Only Goal (II of III)

By | April 13th, 2019|Adjudication and Judicial Process, Criminal Law, Evidence Law, Success in Litigation, Tricks of the Trade|

In the second part of his three-part series on truth as the normative goal of judicial process, Justice K. Kannan looks at two tools used in a trial to arrive at the truth – the casting of the burden of proof and cross-examination. He comments on the efficacy of raising certain presumptions in the trial [...]

Towards Truth as the Only Goal (I of III)

By | September 26th, 2018|Adjudication and Judicial Process, Criminal Law, Evidence Law, Judicial Ethics, Philosophising Litigation, Professional Ethics, Proving Cases, Tricks of the Trade|

This is the first part of Justice K. Kannan's three-part series 'Towards Truth as the Only Goal'. In a set of three articles, he shall analyse the function of the judicial process of arriving at the normative goal of truth. In this first article, he argues that while essentially all litigations are always exercises to [...]

Expectations of the Bench from Young Advocates

By | September 18th, 2018|Judicial Ethics, Professional Ethics, Success in Litigation, Supreme Court of India, Tricks of the Trade, Young Lawyers|

In this interesting article, Justice Ruma Pal, a former judge of the Supreme Court of India, offers an insider's perspective on tricks of courtroom lawyering. She takes the readers through the necessary ingredients which make up a ‘legally successful lawyer’ as distinguishable from a ‘successful lawyer’. The didactic article is addressed to young lawyers in a [...]