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Plea in SC seeks Directions to the Judiciary to “Use Simple English Language” in communications

Lawstreet Journal 13 Oct 2020 1:23am

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Nowadays English is an important language that is a need in every field. Our legal system also mostly uses the English language for writing as well as speaking which is sometimes very difficult for a common man to understand. Taking this into a account, a writ petition is filed by a lawyer named Dr. Subhash Vijayran under Article 32 r/w Articles 14, 21 & 39A of the Constitution of India, in the Supreme Court stating that the judiciary system should use plain or simple English to draft or communicate anything so that a common man can have access to it. 

The plea states that “The writing of most Lawyers is: (1) wordy, (2) unclear, (3) pompous, and (4) dull. We use eight words to say what can be said in two. We use arcane phrases to express commonplace ideas. Seeking to be precise, we become redundant. Seeking to be cautious, we become verbose. Our writing is teamed with legal jargon & legalese.”

The plea further states that this judiciary system is for the common man which is the only body who is neglected “it is the common man who is mostly ignorant of the system – in fact quite wary of it. Why? Because he neither understands the system nor the laws. Everything is so much complicated and confusing. The way laws are enacted, practiced, and administered in our country violates the fundamental rights of the masses by denying them – Access to Justice. ‘Speedy Justice’ and ‘Legal Awareness’ are the two,… Continue Reading...

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