Several advocates, including those belonging to the Madras High Court Advocates' Association in Chennai on friday boycotted courts protesting against the Centre's proposed Legal Practitioners Bill 2010.
Lawyers belonging to MHCAA, Women Lawyers Association and others shouted slogans in front of the High Court building and urged the Centre to drop the move.
"We strongly oppose the Bill as it dilutes the power of Bar Council. If the Centre wants, it can amend the present Advocates Act 1961," MHCAA president R C Paul Kanagaraj told reporters.
The Association had passed a resolution asking advocates to abstain from work in courts and tribunals in Tamil Nadu as mark of protest.
The courts were functioning with thin attendance of lawyers.