The Seven Lamps of Advocacy

Legal Profession is regarded to be a noble profession. Advocated are the officers of the court. Their efforts solve the conflicts in the society. An advocate defends the rights and liabilities. They hold a unique place in the society. A good advocate should possess some essential qualities. Sir Justice Abott Parry in his book “The Seven Lamps of Advocacy” called these important characteristics of advocacy which are follows:- Honesty, Courage, Industrious, Wit, Eloquence, Judgement and Fellowship.

  1. – Honesty:- We all have heard a quote i.e., Honesty is the best policy. For a professional lawyer, Honesty is very essentials.
  • He must be honest with his client and provide him/her the information about the merits and demerits of the case.
  • He must be honest with opposite lawyer too.
  • He must be honest towards the law that people reach court for justice and lawyer should fight for the same.

2. – Courage:- Courage is the weapon and it is developed by through deep knowledge of law. He must be courageous.

  • He has ability to stand in front of the bench.
  • Courage to argue for your case.
  • Courage to convince the judge.
  • Courage to give the right status of the case to the client.
  • Courage to face the consequence for taking a case.
  • Ability to persistently persuade self towards keeping updated on current trend too is required.

3. – Industrious:- Nobody in this world can master law because it is like ocean. He must be industrious.

  • He should be hard working.
  • He should invest sufficient time to understand the case.
  • He should invest sufficient time to understand the law provision used.
  • He has KAS that is Knowledge, Attitude and Skill.

4. – Wit:- It is ok if you disagree with me, I can’t force you to be right. Wit and presence of mind will give a pause to rethink. It should create the space.

  • Humour is one another essential.
  • A full day of seriousness, anger, etc. kills everyone’s energy in the court hall and might reduce the productivity of everyone there.

5. – Eloquence:- The Eloquence means fluency in writing and speaking and having a good body language.

  • Ability to communicate with the client or witness.
  • Ability to influence people towards your point.
  • Extensive knowledge of legal language.

6. – Judgement:- Judgement is the decision of the matter to be decide. The last point of view of the case. A good lawyer has ability to get and understand the consequences of the case and estimate the final result of the case. He must be judgemental.

  • Ability to anticipate counter arguments.
  • Ability to anticipate the questions from the judge.
  • A good lawyer should have the 4D skill towards self, client, opposite lawyer and Judge.

7. – Fellowship:- A good lawyer has need to maintain a good relationship with everyone to get success and help in legal arena. He must be of friendly nature.

  • Friendship with colleague.
  • Respect the entire legal fraternity.
  • Respect the client, opposite lawyer and judge as well.

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