Seven lamps of advocacy are nothing but the qualities of an advocate to be successful. The book “Seven Lamps of Advocacy” is written by Justice Abbot Parry and this book refers to the qualities which every advocate should possess these qualities to be a successful advocate in the legal field.
In this post, we will see the 7 lamps of advocacy that every advocate should have been a successful advocate in the legal profession. These are the seven lamps of advocacy in professional ethics of advocate;
- Tact (Intelligence) [added by Justice R. K. Prasad]
7 lamps of advocacy after the Eighth Lamp of Advocacy have been added by Justice Raj Kishore Prasad and this is Tact (Intelligence).
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Honest is a good quality for human beings which every person should possess. In the legal profession, every advocate works hard at his/her best and he is also passionate about his/her legal profession. These qualities give every advocate self-confidence and win the trust of the client.
The advocate always has to work with different subjects and with different types of people, therefore, every advocate needs stability and moral help to go straight forward and then he/she will provide true and honest guidance to his/her client. The honest nature of the advocate will increase his practice areas.
Courage is another important quality that enables an advocate to cover up any type of critical situation and control his/her fear in a dangerous situation. This is the ability that gives an advocate to stay away from all types of fear like not speaking fluently English, being in pain or in loss etc.
An advocate always gets special attention from a society that’s why every advocate should be full of courage.
With this ability, an advocate always takes his stand in favour of his/her client in the court proceeding whether it will be civil proceedings or criminal proceedings against his/her clients. And, because of having this ability, an advocate can handle all types of critical situations.
Here, fellowship means joining the membership of friendly associations or companionship. It is pertinent to remember that advocates are adversary parties before the court, and they are not enemies.
Therefore, every advocate should join the membership of different associations and groups like the Local Bar Association, State Bar Association, the Bar Council of India and any other organizations.
Every advocate should possess this ability and it will help and encourage each other in the legal field while unmistakably expressing individual thoughts and views.
Here, the term wit means to represent ideas full of confidence and intelligence. Every advocate should be confident about what he/she is saying, for that confidence the advocate has to come with a better understanding of the truth.
The wit helps an advocate in the analysis of all the critical situations. Also, it helps an advocate to manage and lessen workload in his busy schedule and daily routine life. This skill allows an advocate to make effective arguments in court on behalf of his/her client.
Through this ability, the advocate can make good conversations with the judge and can convince the judge of the significant facts of the case. This will always result in the reduction of stress at the result of the verdict of the court either in favour of his/her client or against the client.
The life of an advocate is like an industry. We can say that only a well-trained advocate becomes a successful advocate in this legal profession. Every advocate act like an actor, who studies deeply for his/her best performance in front of the camera that every advocate should deeply study and perform his/her best in front of the Bench (Judges).
Advocates very well know that there is no shortcut to achieving success in the legal profession. To achieve success in this profession, the advocate works very hard and he/she should always have to aware of what’s going on in the legal profession, and what amendments are made and always have to study legal subjects. The advocate cannot stop here, he/she has to maintain relations in this industry i.e. court practice area.
The term eloquence means, the talent of fluent speaking with skilful language. Eloquence is a great skill that every advocate should possess. The advocate can impress the judge and everyone with this skill of speaking fluently whether it is the English language or your local language.
This skill of speaking does not get in one day, for the advocate has to practice with topical subjects. This eloquence skill can be developed by the habit of reading books, newspapers etc. Before this let’s clarify that there is a difference between speaking and the art of speaking.
In this skill, eloquence cover two sides i.e. physical and psychological. This skill adds more value to his arguments. And, in this way the advocate can impress the judge.
Here judgment means taking the right decision at the right time incorrect situation. Judgment is a decision-making power or intellectual power of the person. This ability in the advocates can enable them to translate good sense into the correct action. Every advocate should possess this ability because the wise judgment-making ability can make correct decisions to cure the issues with good sense and ability.
Here, judgment means the deep study of the facts, issues, problems and their solutions and making informed decisions about the same with the related consequences that could arise out it.
Judgment is the most important lamp among the seven lamps of advocacy. This ability helps every advocate and his/her mind at a high level of decision-makers from all sides of the case.
8. Tact (Intelligence)
As we saw in the title of this post, The Seven Lamps of Advocacy, there is one more lamp of advocacy that is Tact or Intelligence. The seven lamps of advocacy book were written by Justice Abbott Parry, and in this book, the 7 lamps of advocacy have been discussed.
The book “Professional Conduct and Advocacy“, there has discussed the eight lamps of advocates, and this book is written by Mr K. V. Krishnaswamy Aiyer and Justice R. K. Prasad.
This ability deals with different people and different situations. By using this ability, the advocates can smoothly do their work without creating an offensive situation. The advocate always works to get the result in favour of his/her client.
The advocate must maintain a good identity on the court premises. If the advocate cannot control his/her anger then he/she will behave by offending them by losing his/her mental temper.
Therefore, the lamp of tact uses a major role in the advocates to be successful in the legal profession.
Seven lamps of advocacy is the book written by Justice Abbott Parry. The profession of advocates is a noble profession. Therefore, every advocate has a professional duty and large responsibility towards society. The society expected from an advocate is honesty and sincerity and other abilities as we discussed above.