In an attempt to demystify the court proceedings and the
complicated legal language, the Tamil Nadu government
has decided to seek the President's sanction under Article
348 (2) of the Indian constitution to conduct the High
Court proceedings in Tamil.
this to the media persons, state chief minister M Karunanidhi
said as per Article 348 all the proceedings in the Supreme
Court and the High Courts are to be conducted in English.
However sub section (2) of Article 348 gives the state
governments the power to have the regional language as
the court language. He also said that all efforts to facilitate
the government's initiative like translating the books
and others will be done.
to the government, those who do not know Tamil will be
exempted from conducting the cases in Tamil.
may be recalled the corruption cases filed against Sasikala
a close ally of former chief minister J Jayalalithaa and
others got delayed as they demanded translation of the
charge sheet that ran into several pages in their mother
would be interesting to note the possible equation change
in the client-counsel relationship when the rule comes
into force. Literate and illiterate litigants would clearly
know how the lawyer presents and argues their case in
the court. Further the move would also benefit lawyers
who are not comfortable with English.
move would also pose some genuine difficulties if one
argues in Tamil and another in English and both the petitions
are to be translated. Further High Court judges who do
not know Tamil will be put to difficulty as they have
to jot down the points argued in Tamil and English.