New Delhi: The Centre is all set to unroll its ambitious scheme to train young lawyers in court-craft and other aspects. The initiative was announced by Union Law Minister Veerappa Moily on Friday who said the Rajiv Gandhi Advocate Training Scheme will get underway from June 27.

Briefing about the aim of the training scheme, the Law Minister said, “The scheme aims at encouraging the meritorious young advocates (below 30 years of age) practising in the lower courts to stick to the profession.”

For the training, ten advocates will be selected from each state, in which priority will be given to candidates belonging to Schedule Caste (SC), Schedule Tribe (ST) and backward classes. The advocates will be selected by a committee chaired by High Court Justice.

Selected candidates will be given two months of professional training which shall be divided in two phases. In the first month, the National Law School will impart professional training and in the next month the young lawyers will be trained by a prominent advocate of the local area.

The trained advocates will be required to serve under the Legal Aid Programme.

Moily informed that selection committees of 18 states have already selected 180 advocates for the training scheme.

JPN/Bureau