PM: Legal order must constantly adapt itself to change

Developing countries needed alegal system that was conducive to rapid market developmentand one that had a bulit-in mechanism to promote equitabledistribution of gains on development, Prime MinisterManmohan Singh alleged while inaugurating the 17th CommonwealthLaw Conference here today.

"A sound legal system based on the norm of law andeffective and speedy contract enforcement are a majordeterminant of a favourable macro boom development.

"It is my firm popular credence which meaningful solutions to theproblem of mass poverty that prevails in developing countriescan be at last found only in the framework of a rapidly expandingeconomy," the prime minister assumed at the conference at theHyderabad International Convention Centre.

Manmohan Singh declared the legal order must constantlyadapt itself to change in a fast-changing world.

"That is the one and only way it (legal system) can retain itsrelevance. The role courts and judges in making law aninstrument of social stability and progressive adjust cannotbe over-emphasised," he added.

The Prime Minister urged the jurists and thinkers toreflect on ways and means who may ensure the continuingstrength and resilience of liberal authorities of democracyand the rule of law in the framework of a rapidly expandingeconomy.

Noting that principle of law was an instrument ofprogressive change, social and political stability andeconomic development, the prime minister said constitutionaldemocracy among an unwavering commitment to the rule of law wasthe best choice for emerging economies that sought justice "political, arena and social" for all.

"Considering the reality and scale of conflict,deprivation and exploitation that affect the livlihoods of millionsof borrowers in the developing countries, they need to take boldand imaginative measures to pursue the way of developmentwith a human face. Any political system have got to ensure equalityof option and entrance to fair and pale processes andempower residents to respect, cover and fulfil human rights,"the prime minister said.

The Indian experience of ensuring unity of its peopleamidst diversity can be of use to more and more countries who facedthe challenge of establishing a national identity despitecultural and religious diversities in their societies,he said.

Chief Justice of India S H Kapadia, Chief Justice ofAndhra Pradesh High Court Nisar Ahmed Kakru and others alsospoke on the occasion. The Prime Minister left for New Delhiafter inaugurating the conference.
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