Legal Issues

Friend of the court

Print edition : July 26, 2013

However heinous the crime, the accused has a right to legal representation. Here, V.K. Anand, lawyer for the chief accused in the Delhi gang-rape case. Photo: Rajeev Bhatt

The courts are obliged to do justice in individual cases and must deal with the inability of the accused to engage a lawyer when no lawyer is willing to appear for him/her. Thus, the resort by the court to a friend, amicus curiae, forms an important pillar of the justice delivery system in the Indian context.
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