The High Court of Orissa has, on 30th July, 2022, organized a visit of law students from University Law College, Utkal University, Bhubaneswar to its premises.

On the Children’s Day, 2021, the premises of High Court were, for the first time, opened for children. Since then students of many institutions including hearing and speech impaired and visually challenged children have visited the High Court and its allied institutions like Odisha State Legal Services Authority and Odisha Judicial Academy.

On 30th July law students from University Law College, Utkal University, Bhubaneswar and their teachers visited the High Court premises at Cuttack. Lawyers Ms. Sagarika Sahoo and Mr. Jagadish Biswal were present on the occasion. They explained various aspects of judicial functioning to the students. The students saw the Chief Justice’s Courts and Chambers in the Heritage Building and the New Building of the High Court, Judges’ Library and the Conference Halls. They put queries which were answered by the lawyers. The students were shown video clips of swearing-in-ceremony of Judges and explained the procedure involved therein. Video clip of the hearing of a Public Interest Litigation was also played for viewing of the students in the Chief Justice’s court room.

The students also visited Aain Seva Bhawan which houses the Odisha State Legal Services Authority and the High Court’s Arbitration and Mediation Centers where they were given an idea about the Alternative Dispute Redressal (ADR) mechanism and its contribution to redressal of the grievances of poor litigants.

At Odisha Judicial Academy the students were given idea about various kinds of training programmes designed for the lawyers and Judges. They also interacted with Dr. Justice S. K. Panigrahi who shared his experience as lawyer. Dr. Justice S. K. Panigrahi explained the students as to how advocacy is a noble and unique profession in spite of the challenges associated with it. He encouraged the students to aspire for becoming good lawyers and judges with special mention about hard work as a necessity for the same.

The purpose of organizing such visits is to bring transparency about the real functioning of judiciary which is different from the myths prevailing in the society.  

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