Dimapur Bar Association (DBA) on Friday celebrated its 25th anniversary at Exposition Hall, Agri Expo, here on Friday, with Nagaland Bar Association (NBA) president Akito Zhimomi and High Court Bar Association (HCBA) president CT Jamir as the speakers.
Speaking on the theme “Excel and Inspire”, Zhimomi called upon lawyers to be sincere in their profession, scrutinize, dissect views of the people and argue for the cause of justice, adding that it needed courage to take up the legal profession in a State like Nagaland.
He lamented that the State, despite having legal luminaries, had not been able to progress much due to various reasons, including lack of a separate High Court in Nagaland even after 60 years of Statehood.
Zhimomi said the future of the people should not be made subjected to political expediency. He also lamented that tribalism had also adversely affected the growth of legal fraternity in the State.
He cautioned that negative sentiments about each other would only hamper the growth of individuals and also the Bar. He, therefore, urged the gathering to work for uplift of the legal fraternity, betterment of society and betterment of self in the name of jubilee.
Addressing the gathering on the topic “Essence of Advocacy”, Jamir stressed on three important organs in a democracy – legislature, executive and judiciary. He said it was the judiciary that safeguarded and ensured that the rule of law was upheld and that no one was above the law.
He stressed on five “Cs” duties and responsibilities of a lawyer – duty to client, colleagues, court, community and the country.
He remarked that legal profession was not for earning money, but a service. “Law is not a business but a profession,” he emphasised.
Jamir observed that many lawyers were not doing justice to cases, while reminding them that law profession was created not for private gain, but for public good. He stressed quality litigation and called for working hard to achieve that.
He said an advocate was an officer of the court who should not solicit bribes and never advertise himself or herself. “All lawyers and advocates should keep in mind that any form of advertising was unethical,” he added.
He cautioned that if any Bar member resorted to such an unethical practice, the Bar should take necessary action, even to the extent of cancelling his or certificate/license.
Earlier, the presidential address was delivered by DBA president Hukavi A Zhimomi. Short speeches were also delivered by DBA’s first president DK Nagi, and presidents from Phek, Longleng, Wokha, and Mokokchung Bar associations. DBA vice president Sonile Seb made the presentations. Release of souvenir was initiated by PD&SJ Inalo Zhimomi (NJS).
The programme was chaired by convenor planning committee NK Luikham and co-convenor Jemimah Chophy while and invocation was offered by Dimapur Rengma Baptist Church pastor Rev Tenga Seb. Special numbers were presented by Agape H Chishi and Vikali Aye and vote of thanks offered by DBA joint secretary Bendangwabang.
‘Political expediency’ hurdle to separate HC
Speaking to media persons on the sidelines of the programme, Nagaland Bar Association president Akito Zhimomi said the process of having a separate High Court in Nagaland was more or less complete.
However, due to reasons of “political expediency”, the Central government does not want to give Nagaland a separate High Court at this point of time, he stated.
He further clarified that the new incomplete High Court structure had nothing to do with having a separate High Court.
Akito said a separate High Court can function from the existing premises.