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On the art of writing judgements

A workshop on `Appreciation of evidence' and `The art of writing judgement' organised by the Tamil Nadu State Judicial Academy was held at the district court premises here on Saturday. J. Prabhudas, Chief Judicial Magistrate, said the art of writing judgement is always an important quality required for a judge or any other judicial officer, to excel in service.

"Every judicial officer should render foremost attention to acquire perfection during the rendition of judicial pronouncement as the judgements are always a decision of proclaiming rights of the parties in respect of the claim involved," he said. To improve the art of judgement writing, a judge should develop a style conducive to him but within the boundaries of law and available evidence. "The judgements should always be in simple language so that even a man with ordinary abilities can understand it," he said, adding "brevity in writing judgement is a virtue."

On `Appreciation of evidence,' Mr. Prabhudas said the extra judicial confessions should always be subjected to rigorous tests. "If it passed the test, such confessions could be the basis for conviction though it's a weak type of evidence." R.V.R Deenadayalan, subordinate judge, S. Ramamoorthy, Additional District Judge, G. Anuradha, Additional District Munsif and T. Sambath Kumar, District Munsif, spoke.

Source: The Hindu

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