Nominations Invited for Justice H.R.Khanna Young Jurist Award 2011


Nominations are invited for “Justice H.R.Khanna Young Jurist Award 2011”
H.R.Khanna Law Research Foundation is founded by lawyers and academicians with the object that it shall be a dedicated research institution for the promotion of law research and legal education. It shall be promoted as a premier institution for legal education in the near future with global standard, having dedicated research centers at North, South, East, West, Central and North-East India. The present Governing Council and Academic Council consist of legal luminaries, academicians and jurists.
Shri. P.George Giri, Advocate-On-Record of the Supreme Court of India is the present Hon’y Chairman.

This Award is instituted for the Young Lawyers who has less than 5 years of practice. The main intention of this Award is to encourage young law graduates to seriously take up the law practice and to give a boost to the law profession. This is initiated mainly because of the trend that the young law graduates, especially those from the National Law Schools prefer to join the corporate law firms and not joining to the litigation practice. The nominations will be scrutinized on Area-wise, so as to give equal emphasis on the trial court (Munsiff/Magistrate/Sub Court/District/Sessions Court) or High Court practicing lawyers.
A lawyer practicing in High Court/ District Court/Sessions Court/Tribunal/or any other Court, who has completed TWO years of practice, but not completed FIVE years of practice after his/her enrollment with the Bar Council.

Who can nominate?
1. Any lawyer having law practice in a court for more than 10 years OR
2. Any Judge of the High Court/District Court/or a judicial Officer of State Judicial Service OR
3. Any designated senior Advocate OR
4. Any office bearer of Bar Association/Advocate Association (not below District Court level).
(Nominator’s identity will be kept confidential, unless otherwise intended by the nominator)

How to apply:
 1. Nomination form duly filled and signed.
2. Copy of enrolment certificate
3. Two passport size photographs.
4. A certificate from the Bar association from where he/she ordinarily practices.
5. Copy of any judgment/order in which he/she assisted/argued the case.

The entries/nominations must be reached on or before 31st May 2011 to:
P.George Giri
GIRI AND GIRI, 65 A, First Floor, Ashram, New Delhi-110014.
               Mob: 09871316995

Nominations received after the last date will not be considered for the awards. HRKLRF will not be responsible for courier/postal delay, if any. If more number of nomination forms is required, photocopy of the nomination form may be used for filing nominations.        
Raghul Sudheesh
(+91 98460 22799)
                                                                                                                                        Program Co-coordinator

To:  Justice H.R.Khanna Law Research Foundation, New Delhi.
             I, hereby nominate the following candidate for the “Justice H.R.Khanna Young Jurist Award 2011”

Name of Father/Husband




Date of birth

Enrolment No. and date

Name of Bar Council

Educational Qualifications

Year of passing law degree

Name of College/University(LLB)

Name of the court where ordinarily practices

Name and address of the senior Advocate/law firm with whom he/she works

Particulars of Nominator:


Enrolment No. & date

Address for communication


Date and Place:                                                                                                                                                Signature with seal

Prisoners voting rights: UK Government loses final appeal in European Court


The government has lost its final appeal against giving prisoners the right to vote following a ruling by the European court of human rights.
A five-judge panel said the UK must now draw up proposals within six months to end the blanket ban on prisoners voting. The court delivered the ultimatum after upholding its decision last November to award two UK prisoners €5,000 (£4,350) in costs and expenses for their loss of voting rights, which was ruled a breach of their human rights.
In February MPs overwhelmingly backed a motion calling for the maintenance of a blanket ban on prisoners voting, a move that apparently strengthened the government's hand as it sought to introduce the minimum possible requirements on voting rights for prisoners.
However, the court yesterday dismissed the government's request for an appeal hearing and decreed its original verdict final.
A statement issued by the court said: "The court now gives the UK government six months from 11 April 2011 to introduce legislative proposals to bring the disputed law in line with the [European Human Rights] Convention."
"The government is further required to enact the relevant legislation within any time frame decided by the Committee of Ministers, the executive arm of the Council of Europe, which supervises the execution of the Court's judgments".
More than five years ago the same court delivered a similar verdict in a separate case brought by a prisoner, but the then Labour government left the blanket ban in place despite publishing a timetable for legislation and issuing two consultation papers proposing different solutions.
Last November's second ruling, in which the Strasbourg court set a deadline of August 2011 for the introduction of UK legislation, came in a case brought by prisoners named as Robert Greens and MT, both serving time at Peterhead prison.
By then, the government had announced that it reluctantly accepted there was a legal obligation to offer voting rights to at least some prisoners, and scrap the total ban.
The minister for political and constitutional reform, Mark Harper, said at the time: "I think every member in the House is exasperated about this but we have no choice about complying with the law."
The next day, the prime minister told MPs: "It makes me physically ill to contemplate giving the vote to prisoners. They should lose some rights including the right to vote."
But Cameron said the government had to comply or face possible compensation claims running into millions in a flood of human rights claims by inmates.
A spokesperson for the Cabinet Office said last night: "We are disappointed with the court's decision. We will consider the next steps."
The UK is one of several European countries, including Armenia, Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary and Romania, which automatically remove voting rights from sentenced prisoners, although remand prisoners still have the vote.
The human rights judges are not insisting that all prisoners have the right to vote, declaring only that it is a blanket ban on such a right that breaches the human rights code.
It leaves the government free to decide how to implement voting rights, for example by offering the right to vote to prisoners serving relatively short sentences, while maintaining a ban for long-term prisoners jailed for more serious crimes.
About 40% of the countries in the Council of Europe – which include all 27 EU member states – have no restrictions on prisoners voting. Others ban only some sentenced prisoners from voting.
In France and Germany courts have the power to impose loss of voting rights as an additional punishment, while Sweden, Switzerland and Denmark are among countries with no ban at all on voting for prisoners.
Ireland ended a voting ban five years ago, giving all prisoners a postal vote in the constituency where they would normally live.

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