Thursday, January 21, 2010

Lawyering in India

(lawyers in India: thanks to BBC)

An interesting blog post on lawyering in India came my way from exploring india:a blog about law, culture, and travel in india. The writer contrasts India and the US with the US having over a million lawyers (1 lawyer:300 persons) and India having 700,000 lawyers (1:1,125).

Access to justice is difficult and there is little or no institutional support for it. On top of this is the endemic corruption in government which means cases are lost in the system. For example, a case involving government officials charged with sexual assault and money laundering has been "pending" for 19 years.

The BBC news website also carries an informative piece on outsourcing to India, where the picture above comes from. It shows Indian advocates plying their business in their offices near the courts. It's not atypical.

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