He had made it a rule to walk to the high court and it tookhim 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 hishealth.There was another case in Bombay ,it was a memorial to bedrafted. A poor mussalman’s land was confiscated in porbandar. His caseappeared to be weak, but he consented to draft a memorial for him.
He draftedit and read it to his friends. They approved it and he felt that, he wasqualified enough to draft a memorial and indeed really he became one. But hisbusiness could not flourish, if he draft memorials without any fees. Gandhi andhis brother used to attend Bombay high court regularly.
But he cant say that helearnt something there because he didn’t have much knowledge. He could notfollow the cases and dozed off. By others he began to think that it wasfashionable to doze in high court.He was ashamed of himself and decided not to take anymorecases until he gets the courage to conduct the case himself. Indeed, he did notgo to court again until he went to Africa. There was no virtue in his decision.He had simply made a virtue ofnecessity.Gandhi was adamant and he paid no commission to anyone ,buthe got the mamibai’s case.
It was a easycase for him. He charged Rs.30/- for his fees.
The case was not likely to lastlonger than a day. This was his debut in the small causes court. He appearedfor the defendant and so he need to cross-examine the plaintiff witnesses. Hishead was reeling and felt as though thewhole court was doing likewise. Gandhi could think of no question to ask. Thejudge must have laughed, and the vakils no doubt enjoyed the spectacle. He waspast seeing anything. He sat down and said he could not conduct the case and hewould give back the fees.
He suggested him to engage mr.patel,to him this caseis a child’s play. He hastened from the court , not knowing whether his clientwon or lost the case.First ever case:Gandhi while trying to get a barrister board out of hishouse and preparing himself from the inside for a barrister examination, hecould not reconcile him. Hence he could not give a undivided attention tostudies. Though he developed some liking towards evidence act, and read Mayne’shindu law with deep interest.
But he didnot had the courage to conduct a case. He was helpless beyond words .His interest:Gandhi’s friends advised him to go to Bombay , so that hecan get a better experience in high court. After he went to Bombay, he cant getthe income along with ever-increasing expenditure. That’s how he began hislife, 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 isgoing to be a hard experience. He hardly had the knowledge of a qualified vakiland expected a fees of ten times that is paid to other lawyer. He questionedhimself whether client would be fool enough to be engage him in a case. Even ithappens, that is going to increase hisdebt that he owes to the outer world.Gandhi’s early stage of practice: