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Computerised library for women lawyers soon

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BANGALORE, MARCH 7. The Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs, H.K. Patil, on Monday assured women lawyers that their demand for a computerised library in the Karnataka High Court will be considered.

He was responding to a plea made by the president of the Karnataka chapter of the Indian Federation of Women Lawyers (IFWL), Premila Nesargi, at a function organised by the IFWL to celebrate International Women's Day. The Minister asked the IFWL members to identify a suitable place for the library.

Mr. Patil promised them that the number of women advocates representing the Government in the High Court will be doubled, and the Government will give stipend to over 1,000 women advocates who need it.

When the members demanded that the Government organise an international conference of women lawyers in the city, the Minister promised to provide assistance.

He said the Government has a plan to reform the legal system to ensure that cases are disposed of without delay.

"Over 14.5 lakh cases are pending in courts all over the State. The plan aims at speedy disposal of cases and promoting indigenous methods of settling disputes such as mediation and conciliation," he said.

The Minister visited the court hall where the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa's case will be heard.

Earlier, Ms. Nesargi demanded that the Minister recommend a senior woman lawyer for the post of Chief Justice of the High Court.

"The Congress is known for giving 33 per cent reservation to women in all fields. Though we are capable, we have never been given a chance to occupy the highest post in the judiciary in our State," she said.

She suggested that the Government send a team of legal experts to China to study the legal system there. Based on the team's recommendations, the Government could adopt a similar model here, she added.

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