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Durga's Court
Produced by: Dheera Sujan
It's on the verandah of a house in a remote village in West Bengal, India, where one court's sessions are held. Each litigating party comes with a group of supporters who try to outshout each other, and the judge – untrained in formal law – makes her rulings by a potent alchemy of mythology, common sense, a flamboyant personality and a very loud voice. Shabnam Ramaswamy is the only hope for hundreds of people who are too poor to grease palms to make India’s judiciary or police work for them and her court is often the only shot these people have at justice. In Durga’s Court, Dheera Sujan visits what must be one of the more unusual courts of justice in the world. This program is part of our international documentary exchange series, Crossing Boundaries.

Program Credits

Durga’s Court was produced by Dheera Sujan of Radio Netherlands Worldwide. It airs as part of the international documentary exchange series, Crossing Boundaries.

Resources

Links:
Guide to Indian Laws
India is situated in South Asia. It is a democratic republic. The striking features of India are of course its large population (1 billion) its diversity in religion and culture (almost all the major world religions are found here) and its absolute commitment to democracy...

Books:
Law, Power and Justice: The Protection of Personal Rights in the Indian Penal Code
by: Vasudha Dhagamwar 1993
Exploring the relationship between law, power and justice in colonial and independent India, Dhagamwar gives a vivid historical account of the making and working of the Indian Penal Code, especially in the areas that affect the personal liberty of the individual.

How to Start and Build a Law Practice
by: Jay G. Foonberg 2004
Lawyers in every phase of their careers have relied on this basic primer for planning and growing a successful practice.

Business Basics for Law Students: Essential Concepts and Applications
by: Robert W. W. Hamilton, Richard A. Booth 2006
Zeroing in on the topics that are truly essential to law students, Hamilton and Booth organize their book into short sections that can be consulted for answers to specific questions.

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