Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has advised young lawyers to delete the word of impossible from their vocabulary.

He was addressing certificate awarding ceremony of one week training course on legal education for lawyers from High Court Bar Association Rawalpindi at federal judicial academy here Saturday.

He held there can be no two opinions on the proposition that Bar and Bench are complementary to each other. A strong Bar means a strong judiciary.

He observed active role of lawyers in society and administration of justice is most important and laudable. It is dynamic catalyst for change in the society. It is this community which is upholder of rule of law, he added.

He stressed that lawyering for social change focuses to “fight on the status-quo and provide redressal and representation to the voiceless”. Louis D. Brandeis has even termed them as “people’s lawyers”. They are the moral activists who create a cultural shift for making a social change.

He urged the young lawyers to learn the skills and techniques of interviewing and counseling.

“You should attain the standards of professional ethics and etiquettes and practice them. Proper dress and punctuality will add to your personal grace and decorum of the court. You must have skills in the art of Pleadings, Drafting, Cross-Examination and Presentation of Arguments. Advocacy is an art. And like all other arts, some have natural aptitude while others have great difficulty in mastering it. Delete the word impossible from your vocabulary. You should learn the skills and techniques of interviewing and counseling. The advocates have certain duties towards their clients, the courts fellow lawyers and to self also. He who has no orientation of information technology is now a days treated as illiterate. You should persuade judge through arguments, without concealing material facts on record. Build and maintain your credibility as much as possible. An advocate is not a mere mouth piece of his client. However he has to make his best efforts to win points favouable to his client”, he remarked.