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We Need To Embrace Technology For A More Efficient Legal System: Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal

We Need To Embrace Technology For A More Efficient Legal System: Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal

NEW DELHI, 21st October 2023:  “We have made extensive use of technology, from mobile phones to court-related technologies, which have made the legal process much more efficient," stated Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal, Hon'ble Minister of State, Ministry of Law and Justice (Independent Charge); MoS, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs; & MoS, Ministry of Culture, Government of India at the Associated Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ASSOCHAM’s) Bharat Legal Conclave 2023. The ASSOCHAM National Legal Excellence Awards - 2023, organised by a leading industry association, is designed to tackle numerous challenges encountered by the legal sector and society as a whole. 

Addressing the audience, Shri Meghwal emphasised the importance of maintaining harmony in body, mind, intellect, and soul, aligning with the rich Indian tradition of 'Bharat Legal Complex.' 

As India celebrates its 75th year of Independence, Meghwal urged everyone to reflect on the nation's future. He stressed the need for careful planning and consideration for the 100th-anniversary celebration of independence. In his address, Shri Meghwal shared, "When we award accolades, we extend our best wishes. However, we also have to acknowledge that there might be some deserving candidates who did not receive recognition." He discussed the significance of recognising and rewarding deserving candidates while also taking action against those who do not perform adequately. 

Shri Meghwal highlighted the recent passage of the Mediation Bill and called for a greater emphasis on arbitration, drawing inspiration from global leaders like Singapore and Hong Kong. He questioned the limited participation of Indian lawyers in international arbitration processes, encouraging a deeper engagement. Meghwal questioned, "Why don't our Indian lawyers participate in this? This is something we need to think about." 

Speaking about technological advancements, Shri Meghwal acknowledged the challenges posed by emerging technologies like Robotics and Blockchain. He shared a poignant incident from Shastrapur, where a woman challenged traditional norms, emphasising, "Debate with me as you would with a lawyer, but let the aim be justice." 

The Hon'ble Minister of State, Ministry of Law and Justice (Independent Charge) stressed the need for the legal community to focus on seeking justice, championing fairness, and embracing innovation for a brighter legal future. 

Ms Preeti Malhotra, Chairman Smart Bharat Group and Chairperson ASSOCHAM National Council for Corporate Affairs, Company Law of and Corporate Governance, said “ASSOCHAM has been contributing from the forefront for policy changes that aligns to the mandate of almost all the ministries and regulators under Government of India and works in sync with international best practices. Legal and regulatory affairs are an important subject for businesses and industry. ASSOCHAM has been playing a critical role in this area.” 

Distinguished individuals were recognised for their outstanding contributions to the legal scene at the ASSOCHAM National Legal Excellence Awards - 2023 ceremony. Mr Manoj Kumar Singh of S&A Law Offices was named 'Legal Icon of the Year,' recognising his excellent achievements and knowledge in the area. In addition, the esteemed Mr. Lalit Bhasin received the 'Jury Special Honour for Lifetime Achievement Award,' recognising his remarkable and enduring impact on the legal profession. Furthermore, Ms. Gayatri Luthra, Mr. Rajiv Luthra's wife, will be given with the 'Jury Special Honour for substantial Contribution in the Legal Profession' award, recognising her substantial role in creating the legal field. 

The conference was graced by the presence of distinguished dignitaries, including Shri Suresh Chandra, Information Commissioner at the Central Information Commission of India and former Secretary at the Ministry of Law and Justice of India, who participated as a Special Guest.

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