SC puts curbs on fresh law grads, can’t argue cases

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 23, 2014 00:38 IST

The Supreme Court has barred fresh law graduates from arguing before it and restricted their presence for the limited purpose of asking time, date, adjournment and similar orders in cases.

The new rules, amended 48 years after the apex court had first notified it, stated a person enrolled with any State Bar Council under the Advocates Act for less than a year shall not be entitled to address the court for the purpose of any effective hearing. However, on court’s permission, such a lawyer can appear and argue in a particular case.

The amended rules also lay down fresh guidelines for advocates-on-record (AoR) — counsel who are authorised to file petitions before the SC. Failure to follow the guidelines on their part would amount to misconduct, leading to a permanent restraint against them from appearing in the court hearing.

AoR’s absence from the court without any justifiable cause when the case is taken up for hearing would not be tolerated. An AoR’s failure to submit appearance slip duly signed by him or her would also be treated as misconduct.

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