The present day legal professional has to possess various professional skills in order to be an effective constituent of the legal fraternity. Out of the various skills, developing an analytical mind is the most important requirement for a legal professional. Areal legal professional is expected to have a free and critical mind, which looks at everything with an element of reservation, putting it to test before signifying acceptance. It is strongly believed that every issue affecting the society or an individual has two views. The popular view is accepted, but the other equally valid view is deposited in the darkness of the dormant mind and gradually lost forever.
The blocking of the open and free mind involves a threat of accepting things as they are, leading to the stagnation of the system.
It is this analytical proficiency of the law students which is sought to be encouraged through “JURICRIT’’17 – A Judgment Critique Competition”.
The premise of the critique is the Uttarakhand High Court Judgment in MOHD. SALIM v. STATE OF UTTARAKHAND & ORS.(WP/PIL No.126 OF 2014).
Tips on Judgment Critique
A critique is an evaluation of the opinion of another. It should not focus on the presentation but on the content of the opinion.For a critique of the judgment, what is required is the identification of the arguments in it. It would consist three parts;
- Assumptions, which are the beliefs, held in order to make sense out of the arguments.
- Premises, which are the reasons given to prove the point.
While critiquing, the critique may agree or disagree with the assumptions in the argument, and proceed on different premises, thereby taking away or creating support for the conclusions.
The critique should start by summarizing the arguments in the judgment, and then go on to find the weakest of the arguments, discussing, and countering them one at a time. It can also progress by assuming the arguments to be true and project how it leads to a different conclusion. It can also bean appreciation of the arguments, highlighting those aspects which have not found place in the arguments.
A critique has to be fair in all senses.
- The participant shall be a bonafide student of the Three year/Five Year LL.B Program/ LL.M Program of an Institution.
- Multiple entries from a College are allowed.
- The critique should be typed on A4 size paper, with double spacing of approximately 1500 words.
- The participant should email the entry along with a covering letter from the participating college.
- Name, class and email address of the participant, Name of the College and College address should also be emailed.
- The critique should not contain any information or mark which will identify the participant or the college.
- The language of the critique should not be abusive or affecting the decorum of the Forum delivering the judgment.
- The entry should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org on or before 5th February 2018.
- The College will have the copyright over the entries sent, and all rights regarding its publication.
- For any queries please mail to the above mentioned email id.
- WINNER- Rs. 10,000/- + Certificate
- RUNNER UP – Rs. 7,000/- + Certificate
The Prizes and certificates for the winning entries will be sent by post at the participants college address. The cash prize will be sent in the form of Demand Draft drawn in the name of the participant as it appears in the confirmation by participant’s college letter.