ROLE OF LAWYERS IN JUSTICE DELIVERY SYSTEM
A Lawyer is known as the officer of the court and hence he has more duties in order to make the
justice system run smooth and help deliver speedy justice. The Bench and Bar relation is the
must for professional development and therefore, an advocate is given a brief of how to balance
the bench and bar relation in judiciary system. The development of lawyers as a class of
professionals can be attributed to the need for trained persons who can form the competent
interface to facilitate the interaction between the lay persons and the judiciary. This involves
providing legal advice in matters of rights, liberties or property of the client within the
framework of legislative and legal rights, and representing the client in the event of a dispute
before an adjudicatory body.
The primary duty of the lawyer is to inform the court as to the law and facts of the case and to
aid the Court to do justice by arriving at correct conclusion. Since the court acts on the basis of
what is presented by the advocates, the advocates are under the obligation to be absolutely fair to
In fact, if law is viewed as a ‘public good’ which is frequently technical and not self-executing,
meaningful access to law requires the assistance of a lawyer. Particularly, in most jurisdictions,
the members of the legal profession are conferred the status of privileged members of the
community, and occupies an exclusive domain with the privilege of pleading and acting on
behalf of suitors being restricted only to enrolled advocates and attorneys. This monopolistic
character of the legal profession entails certain high traditions which its members are expected to
upkeep and uphold. Therefore, the lawyer plays an indispensible role in the mechanism of
administration of justice.
As a professional, the functional role of an advocate, in essence, is comparable to that of a legal
technician. An advocate is specially trained in the technical profession of ‘law’, and with his
grasp over the subject matter; professional function consists largely of providing counsel for
clients about how to escape or mitigate the incidence of the law’s obligations, availing of the
loopholes and the ambiguities of law.
The public impact of the legal profession can be gauged by the observation of the Supreme Court
in All India Judges Association v. Union of India, wherein it was observed that the
administration of justice and the part to be played by the advocates in the system must be looked
into from the point of view of litigant public and the right to life and liberty guaranteed under
Article 21 and right to grant legal aid as contemplated under Article 39A of the Constitution.
Viewed in this context, it can be said that the lawyer is indeed the channel through which the
general public can access the law, and avail of the protection of the law, in the shrine of justice.