WORKSHOP CONDUCTED SUCCESSFULLY ON 18TH JULY 2021
Workshop on Being a Criminal Lawyer
Great Criminal Trial Lawyers are the stuff of legends. We picture them as gladiators, fighting tough cases and defending the indefensible, but beyond the glitz and glamour, being a criminal Trial Attorney involves real grit, determination, and hard work.
A criminal conviction is the most powerful censure that society can inflict on a member considering it often leads to severe deprivation of liberty by way of a prison sentence, and in some cases - even termination of life.
It is, therefore, clear that no other system of law impacts human life as closely as Criminal Law.
Greater the privilege, greater the responsibility.
Leading as a criminal lawyer requires a sound understanding of substantive and procedural laws supplemented by soft skills of cross-examination, oratory, induction, a forensic mind, and so on. It also requires thinking on one’s feet, understanding human beings, and having a touch of Sherlock in one’s personality.
It also requires courage, integrity and a deep commitment to constitutional law principles, of due process, personal liberty, and protection of fundamental rights.
India has a complex and fragmented criminal justice system with many stakeholders and multiple laws.
In addition to the Indian Penal Code, Indian Evidence Act, Code of Criminal procedure, there are special laws such as the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, Prevention of Corruption Act, Information Technology Act, Fugitive Economic Offenders Act, Benami Property Act, Black Money Act, & the Income Tax Act among many more.
A holistic study of these laws are imperative in order to succeed as a good criminal law practitioner.
The importance of the procedural laws such as the Criminal Procedure Code and the Evidence Act must not be overlooked. “The history of liberty has largely been the history of the observance of procedural safeguards.” - Felix Frankfurter
Your Guide into the World of Criminal Litigation
In this 3 hours deep-dive into “Being a Criminal Lawyer”, we host Mr. Bharat Chugh.
Mr. Chugh was appointed a Metropolitan Magistrate/Civil Judge after securing the First Rank in the prestigious Delhi Judicial Services Exam. He has served in various Judgeship Assignments during his 3.5 years at the Bench and went on to serve as a Counsel/Partner at L&L Partners (formerly Luthra and Luthra Law Offices). He has served on various committees/policy discussions and has also been appointed as amicus curiae by the High Court to assist the Hon'ble High Court in serious criminal cases.
Given his unique experience, he can provide insights from both the perspectives- the Bar and the Bench, imparting knowledge on the fundamentals of criminal law, trial procedures, defence strategies and the criminal justice ecosystem.
[Mr.Bharat Chugh is passionate about Academia and giving back to the society and is sharing knowledge with students / budding lawyers, through this workshop, pro-bono (without any honorarium / remuneration)]
*Live Workshop only. Recording(s) will NOT be made accessible.