Changes in Advocate Act: Lawyers across country will not attend court on March 31, says BCI

One of the changes suggested to the act is to debar lawyers and impose a fine on them if they abstain from work en masse.

Written by Anindya Thakuria | New Delhi | Published: March 28, 2017 5:45 am

The Bar Council of India (BCI) Monday declared that lawyers all over the country will not attend court on March 31, in protest against the proposed changes in the Advocates Act, 1961 – which governs the conduct of lawyers. Calling it draconian and anti-lawyer, the BCI took a firm stand that it will oppose any proposed change that takes away lawyers’ right to strike and penalises those who skip appearance in court during a strike.

The BCI also said it will take up its objections to the changes with the government. The council’s stand is a turnaround from the recommendation by its president, Manan Mishra, to the Law Commission of India that lawyers who indulge in unjustified strikes should be fined and have their licences suspended. However, following protests in front of his office on March 23, Mishra had promised lawyers that he would take back his recommendation.

The Commission, under the instructions of the Supreme Court, is studying the necessary amendments that should be made to the Advocates Act. One of the changes it has suggested to the act is to debar lawyers and impose a fine on them if they abstain from work en masse.

“The commission has undermined the independence of the bar, and made a provision which could compel lawyers to face disciplinary proceedings before a disciplinary committee of five members, none of whom could be an advocate,” the BCI said.

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    Embiar Khan
    Mar 28, 2017 at 1:12 am
    It's time to tame those hooligans in the guise of advocates. They hold the judicial system to ransom and are responsible for the state of judiciary.
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      anand sai
      Mar 28, 2017 at 5:18 am
      in a democratic country anyone can show her dislike in a peaceful manner; lawyers are no exception
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        Sankaran Krishnan
        Mar 28, 2017 at 4:10 am
        If they are honest and sincere in their work ethics they do not fear whereas by their own admission if they boycott it says it all that all is not well in BCI and what for they are not attending the court and Is it their duty to represent the client from whom they got Fees to represent and is this the way to respect them for giving you life is the ??? and without Clients you can't survive which the Advocate body fails to understand why ???