He had made it a rule to walk to the high court and it took
him quite forty-five minutes to reach there, invariably returned home on foot.
This walk to and from the court saved him a fair amount of money and his
There was another case in Bombay ,it was a memorial to be
drafted. A poor mussalman’s land was confiscated in porbandar. His case
appeared to be weak, but he consented to draft a memorial for him. He drafted
it and read it to his friends. They approved it and he felt that, he was
qualified enough to draft a memorial and indeed really he became one. But his
business could not flourish, if he draft memorials without any fees. Gandhi and
his brother used to attend Bombay high court regularly. But he cant say that he
learnt something there because he didn’t have much knowledge. He could not
follow the cases and dozed off. By others he began to think that it was
fashionable to doze in high court.
He was ashamed of himself and decided not to take anymore
cases until he gets the courage to conduct the case himself. Indeed, he did not
go to court again until he went to Africa. There was no virtue in his decision.
He had simply made a virtue of
Gandhi was adamant and he paid no commission to anyone ,but
he got the mamibai’s case. It was a easy
case for him. He charged Rs.30/- for his fees. The case was not likely to last
longer than a day. This was his debut in the small causes court. He appeared
for the defendant and so he need to cross-examine the plaintiff witnesses. His
head was reeling and felt as though the
whole court was doing likewise. Gandhi could think of no question to ask. The
judge must have laughed, and the vakils no doubt enjoyed the spectacle. He was
past seeing anything. He sat down and said he could not conduct the case and he
would give back the fees. He suggested him to engage mr.patel,to him this case
is a child’s play. He hastened from the court , not knowing whether his client
won or lost the case.
First ever case:
Gandhi while trying to get a barrister board out of his
house and preparing himself from the inside for a barrister examination, he
could not reconcile him. Hence he could not give a undivided attention to
studies. Though he developed some liking towards evidence act, and read Mayne’s
hindu law with deep interest. But he did
not had the courage to conduct a case. He was helpless beyond words .
Gandhi’s friends advised him to go to Bombay , so that he
can get a better experience in high court. After he went to Bombay, he cant get
the income along with ever-increasing expenditure. That’s how he began his
life, and he found that barrister profession-a bad job (much show and little knowledge).
Gandhi has felt a crushing sense of his responsibility.
Gandhi believed to start a practice in Rajkot and it is
going to be a hard experience. He hardly had the knowledge of a qualified vakil
and expected a fees of ten times that is paid to other lawyer. He questioned
himself whether client would be fool enough to be engage him in a case. Even it
happens, that is going to increase his
debt that he owes to the outer world.
Gandhi’s early stage of practice: