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Advocates Act comes into force; now lawyers can practise in


Section 30 of Advocates Act comes into force; now lawyers can practise in all courts


So far, in some courts, lawyers could appear only if they were permitted by presiding officer

Lawyers thank Veerappa Moily for his efforts at notifying Section 30


NEW DELHI: Now, lawyers can practise, as a matter of right, in all courts and forums, including tribunals or any quasi-judicial authority.

Fifty years after the Advocates Act, 1961, came into force, the Centre has notified Section 30 of the Act — with effect from Wednesday — to enable advocates to practise anywhere.

This provision was not notified when the Act was added to the statute book. As a result, in certain courts and tribunals, lawyers could appear only if they were permitted by the presiding officer concerned.

The long-pending demand of lawyers for notifying this Section was fulfilled, thanks to Union Law Minister Veerappa Moily's initiative.

Section 30 of the Act says: “Subject to the provisions of this Act, every advocate shall be entitled as of right to practise throughout the territories to which this Act extends; in all courts including the Supreme Court; before any tribunal or person legally authorised to take evidence; and before any other authority or person before whom such advocate is by or under any law for the time being in force entitled to practise.”

In an interaction earlier this month with The Hindu, Mr. Moily said he would take immediate steps to get Section 30 notified. The government issued the Gazette Notification on June 9. It said: “The Central government hereby appoints June 15, 2011 as the date on which Section of the Advocates Act shall come into force.”

All-India Bar Association chairman Adish Aggarwala and vice-chairman S. Prabhakaran, who is also a Member of the Bar Council of India, have welcomed the Centre's decision and thanked Mr. Moily for his efforts at conceding the long-pending demand of lawyers.


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 9 Replies

piyush sharma (Lawyer)     20 June 2011

Thanks Nice piece of information. Cheers for all Lawyers!

mayilsamy n (student)     20 June 2011



 I would like to know whether their will be any conditions or restrictions for practicing in the supreme court .

R Radhakrishnan Nair (Senior Geologist)     20 June 2011

As per section 30 of the Advocates Act, Do I need to appear for the AOR examination of Supreme Court inorder to practice in the Supreme Court and to file cases in Supreme Court?


Good info.


it is really a good information

Advocace Jasvinder Singh (Advocate)     22 June 2011




this is a very good news for all the lawyers especially the younger lot 

sunil pandit (lawyer)     03 July 2011

Thanks to Law Minister of India. It is a really  good news for us.


Dear Jyoti,


Good news. But, it is still a news item. A Gazette Notification would also be necessary for the purpose of implementation. So, that will be fine if you can trace.

Sandeep Naik (Advocate)     20 August 2011

Thanks for the valuable information

Adv. Sandeep Naik ( Bombay High court )

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