Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Legal fraternity divided over rechristening of High Court

After the Union Cabinet approved the Law Ministry’s proposal to rechristen the High Courts to the present name of the cities, there is a mixed reaction from the legal fraternity. While some welcomed it, others have expressed their disapproval.“What is the need to change the name of the court? I don’t understand the motivation behind the change,” said Sriram Panchu, senior advocate, Madras High Court. Changing the name will not just have an impact on the state or country but it has a worldwide impact. Worldwide everyone recognises the name of the court and now if we say that we are from the Chennai High Court, people are not going to have the same kind of respect, he added For A P Suryaprakasam, another advocate, “It is a recognition of the identity of Tamil people." For the first time, the central government had accepted our demand and we are happy about it, he said.

“But changing the name of the court doesn’t mean Tamil is growing. We have been continuously requesting them to change Tamil as judicial language. There are many courts which has Hindi as their judicial language,” maintained K Balu, PMK legal wing president. If the argument was in Tamil, how convenient would it be for litigants who don’t know English, he added.
"It is an expensive move since will have to change the name in all the literature of the Court," said Sriram Panchu.According to Balu the name ideally should be changed to Tamil Nadu High court. “We have been asking for the change for a long time. Initially it was madras presidency so the court was named Madras High Court.

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