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President Kovind stresses the need to enhance legal literacy and simplify legal rules
Addressing the special convocation of Dr Ambedkar Law University in Chennai on July 13, President Ram Nath Kovind said that the university has gained a strong reputation both in teaching and research and is doing extremely well to meet its foundational objectives.

He congratulated these three eminent jurists for being conferred LL.D. (Honoris Causa) degrees and appreciate the University's decision to recognize their contribution to the field of jurisprudence. He added, "As a society and nation governed by the rule of law, we cannot but emphasize the text of, as well as spirit and intent behind, laws."

He was of the view that enough attention to issues of legal infrastructure and access to justice, especially for ordinary citizens was needed.

"There is a need to enhance legal literacy and simplify legal rules.  It is important to not only take justice to the people, but also to make it understandable to litigating parties in a language they know," he added.

He suggested, "Our legal system has a reputation for being expensive and for being prone to delays. There are some who tend to use and abuse the instrument of adjournments as a tactic to slow down proceedings, rather than a response to a genuine emergency. This makes obtaining justice costly for the litigant. It would be a travesty of our republican ethic if a poor person did not get the same access to the law as a rich person. The legal profession must continue to address this collectively."

"All those who serve in the legal profession ? whether they are judges, lawyers, court officers and even those teaching law ? have a key responsibility in ensuring the primacy of rule of law. Their work has an impact that is often wide and far-reaching. They are one of the crucial elements in the making of a just and fair society," he reminded.

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