The MP High Court Bar Association, Jabalpur, on Tuesday resolved to abstain from the courts on December 17 to protest against a petition demanding to discontinue the tradition to suspend courtroom proceedings after condolence (reference) is offered on death of a lawyer or judge.
The petition demanded to hold the condolence reference only after the court proceedings are over at 4.30pm in the MP High Court benches akin to the practice adopted by the apex court.
The petition claimed that ending the tradition of holding the reference at 1.40pm in the high court and thereafter suspending the courtroom proceedings will benefit only the litigants.
However, a meeting of the general body of the association was held at the silver jubilee hall, where it was resolved to abstain from the court to protest the petition.
The court issued notices to the Bar Council of India, the State Bar Council of MP, state advocate general, the MP High Court Bar Association, the Senior Advocates' Council and others during hearing of the petition on Monday.
Advocates RN Singh and Rajendra Tiwari, assisted by advocates Nikhil Tiwari and VR Pandey, were appointed as amicus curiae in this matter.