Importance and Utility of Jurisprudence
Jurisprudence is basically a theoretical subject but it also has a functional and educational value. The functional value or purposes of jurisprudence has been enumerated as under:
i. Remove the complexities of law:
One of the task of jurisprudence is to construct concepts and make law more manageable and rational.
ii. Answers the new problems:
Jurisprudence can teach people to look around them and realize that answers to new legal problems must be found by a consideration of the present social needs and not in the wisdom of the past.
iii. Grammar of law:
Jurisprudence is the grammar of law. It throws light on the basic ideas and the basic principles of law e.g. negligence, liability etc.
iv. Training of Mind:
Jurisprudence trains the mind to solve the difficult legal provisions in legal way.
v. Grasp on the subject:
It helps in knowing and grasping the language, grammar, the basis of treatment and assumption upon which subject rests.
vi. Useful in Art of pleading and legislation:
It helps legislators and the lawyer the proper use of legal terminology. It relieves them to the botheration creation of defining again and again certain expressions e.g. right, duty etc.
vii. To Interpret law:
It helps the judges and the lawyers in ascertaining the true meanings of the law passed by the legislatures by providing the rules of interpretation.
viii. To study foreign law:
It permit a lawyer to study foreign law because the basic principles are generally shared to all systems of law.
ix. Importance under the light of different jurists:
a. By Dr. M.J. Sethna:
The value of jurisprudence lies in examining the consequences of law and its administration on social welfare and suggesting changes for the betterment of the superstructure of laws.
b. By M. Dias:
The study of jurisprudence is an opportunity for the lawyers to bring theory and life into focus, for it concerns human thought in relation to social existence.