Goa’s claim: India’s first e-law library opens

From the Herald (probably 2008)

India’s first e-law library opens

PANJIM, SEPT 20 — The first ever IT/e-law library in the country was inaugurated by Chief Minister Digambar Kamat on Saturday in the presence of luminaries from the judiciary in the conference hall at the High Court of Bombay at Goa, here.   

The distinction of opening of the said library goes to the Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa, which is the biggest among all bar councils in the nation.
Kamat, who was the chief guest, said the e-library would serve as a model for other bar councils in the country to follow suit. Justice has to reach the common man and if this concept succeeds in giving justice then only we can say it is working, he mentioned.

The CM extended full support to the bar council and promised adequate infrastructure for speedy justice. The new building for the council is almost ready and will be inaugurated soon, he informed.

Vice Chairman of the bar council Jayant Jaibhave explaining the concept of the e-library said it would make available judgments at the click of a button. We are providing seven softwares for the purpose, he stated and added, “Lawyers will easily get a printout of any judgment they require for ready reference.” 

However, while appreciating the e-library concept, Advocate General of Goa Subodh Kantak said readily available judgments could not substitute for reading, which was more insightful. He asserted that a well-read lawyer who sits on the computer would have an edge over the others.
Additional Solicitor General of India Rajendra Raghuwanshi revealed that the Bar Council of India has decided to make computer education mandatory in all law colleges across the nation. 

Justice S C Dharmadhikari, who made a short speech since his name was announced, said the bar council had taken care of the interest of litigants. He espoused on the need to strengthen the lower courts if ever judiciary was to be fortified. “The trial courts are not equipped properly. I am also told the local laws are not made available and the bar council is working on that,” he added.

Member of Bar Council Antonio Lobo disclosed that a full-fledge office of the council would be functional in a month’s time. Chairman of the bar council Rajiv Patil also spoke.

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