Friday, April 4, 2008

B.C. Thiruvengadam

"Legal practice in India needs reforms in at least two ways, urgently. One, technology, and two, increasing the number of courts and judges. Technology can enable, for example, online filing and time-bound calendar of events. This can lead to a reduction of time taken for disposal of cases by at least 50 per cent. Also, case management becomes better with technology. For instance, pleadings, case-related documents, orders and judgments can be made available online, thus saving time and cost spent in manually procuring these records. The second suggestion, viz. increasing the number of courts and judges, is a must because the current ratio of judges to population is 13 per one million, while in the US it is about 135 per one million. On an average, a court (in Bangalore) handles about 200 cases a day, while a US judge handles less than that number a year. India being a vibrant democracy, people do not hesitate to go to the courts to enforce their rights, and 70 per cent of the cases involves the State. Which, therefore, makes it necessary for the judiciary to meet the demand for speedier dispensation of justice. Quite dangerously, the delay in dispensation of justice has already forced some people to resort to the intervention of anti-social elements for help in settling disputes, leading in turn to a law and order problem. If we implement the technology reforms in legal practice in right earnest, we can strengthen the trust of every stakeholder in the judicial system, as our judges are no way inferior to their counterparts in the Western world."

B.C. Thiruvengadam, thiru & thiru Advocates, Bangalore
April 4, over lunch

2 comments:

Murali said...

More about Thiru...

B. C. Thiruvengadam, is an advocate with over 25 years standing in the Bar. He holds bachelor degrees in Commerce and Law from the Bangalore University and an Intermediate Degree from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He is a registered Indian Patent Agent of the Government of India and Certified in U.S. Patent Process Prosecution, California. He is mediator of the Bangalore Mediation Centre of the High Court of Karnataka and also a mediator trainer. He is the senior partner of the law firm “thiru & thiru” a Legal500 firm.


He is a visiting faculty member of the Chicago Kent Law College, Illinois Institute of Technology where he teaches Technology Law and IPR. He has participated in many seminars, submitted several technical papers and Chaired and Co-chaired several technical sessions.


He has delivered lectures at premium institutions like the New York Law School, International Business Academy , Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He is an active member of the International Bar Association and Inter Pacific Bar Association, TIE, ABLE, CII, Indo American Chamber of Commerce, Indo German Chamber of Commerce. He is on the advisory board of the Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology. He is a member of Ethics Committee of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Medical College Research Council.


He is a recipient of several awards including “Oxford’s International Professional of the Year 2007, Leading Lawyers of Asia by AsiaLaw Journal, for years 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 and with a rare distinction to have been rated seven areas of specialization ( Banking, Restructuring & Insolvency, dispute Resolution, IT & Telecommunications, Labour & Employment and Mergers and Acquisition)


He is the founder Secretary of The Quiz Foundation of India, President the Corporate Administration Law Foundation.


His clientele includes Infosys, Canara Bank, NASDAQ, United Breweries and several other Indian and MNCs.

chandu said...

Thiru's appeal for judicial revamp is timely. As the cliche goes justice delayed is justice denied, I wish the policy makers sit up and take urgent tangible steps in right direction as to enable e-justice.