Sasheej Hegde


This paper is an extract from the author's doctoral dissertation in the Sociology of law. It describes and represents perceptions and experiences of litigants with our courts and with lawyers and judges. It focusses on issues devolving on questions of the law's legitimacy and the nature and effects of dispute processing. The data, drawn from interviews with only 65 litigants at various levels of the court system, even if not facilitative of generalizations, does throw light on aspects of what may be termed the phenomenology of lawyering and litigating in Indian courts or, more precisely, everyday legal practices. The data indexes, as it were, the context in which the everyday activities of such legal functionaries as lawyers and judges could be interpreted.



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