The lawyers of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh courts boycotted work on Friday afternoon in response to the nationwide protest call given by Bar Council of India against the proposed amendments in the Advocates Act 1961.
Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana (BCPH) chairman Jai Vir Yadav said the protest was successful and lawyers did not participate in hearings between 2pm and 4pm.
Representations were given to sub-divisional magistrates (SDM) and deputy commissioners.
A group of bar council members also met Punjab governor VP Singh Badnore and handed over a memorandum against the Law Commission of India proposal, he said.
The members of Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association (PHHCBA) also brunt copies of the proposed amendments.
The lawyers are opposing drastic changes suggested by the Law Commission of India in Advocates Act 1961 following a July 2016 direction from the Supreme Court.
The 118-page report of the commission has recommended that litigants, who suffer due to ‘misconduct’ by lawyers and strikes, be allowed to seek compensation.
Compensation of up to Rs 2 lakh can be awarded to the person aggrieved by ‘misconduct’.