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Lawyers protest against proposed Act to regulate legal pract

SOURCE - https://www.lawetalnews.com/NewsDetail.asp?newsid=3682


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As part of a nationwide demonstration lawyers in Guwahati and other places today held protest demonstration. The agitation is against the Government of India's move to enact The Legal Practitioners (Regulation and Maintenance of Standard in Profession, Protecting the Interests of Clients and Promoting the Rule of Law) Bill, 2010.

A resolution to this effect was adopted in a joint meeting of the Bar Council of India and State Bar Councils held in Jaipur on March 12 last.

Lawyers under the banner of Gauhati High Court Bar Association, Lawyers' Association of Guwahati and Bar Council of Northeastern States today staged sit-in demonstration in the premises of Gauhati High Court and the Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Kamrup district here.

Meanwhile lawyers at Delhi observed strike in all district courts as well as the High Court. One of the demands here is to withdraw the service tax imposed on the lawyers. Most courts including tribunals have been affected due to the strike call.

Lawyers at Jabalpur meanwhile continued to appear before the courts. However, a representation would be handed over to the authorities against the proposed Bill. The Nagpur bar has however decided not to participate in the ongoing strike call.

The lawyers all over the country are up in arms against the proposed Act apprehending that it would lead to unwarranted government intervention in the legal profession in the country. A large number of lawyers participated in the protest demonstration here. However, the lawyers desisted from disrupting functioning of the courts because of the agitation in the interest of the common citizens.

Read our earlier story on this issue at https://www.lawetalnews.com/NewsDetail.asp?newsid=3624




 6 Replies

Arup (UNEMPLOYED)     16 April 2011

THANKS A LOT.

Arup (UNEMPLOYED)     16 April 2011

vswaminathan   17 April 2011

"The Legal Practitioners (Regulation and Maintenance of Standard in Profession, Protecting the Interests of Clients and Promoting the Rule of Law) Bill, 2010."

"However, the lawyers desisted from disrupting functioning of the courts because of the agitation in the interest of the common citizens."

The above two extracts from the write-up go to demonstrate the glaring paradox in the mutually conflicting thinking behind.

On the one hand, the lawyers cannot but be commended for deciding not to disrupt the functioning of the courts, rightly so, 'in the interest of the common citizens'.

On the other hand,  the nationwide agitation is, as  reported, against the proposed enactment in its totality . However, as borne out by its nomenclature itself,  the proposed legislation  has, unmistakably laudable objective of  bringing about regulatory rules for 'protecting the interests of clients' - that is again, the interests of the self-same 'common citizens'.

Having regard to the larger interests of  the 'public ', therefore, if at all, the profession may rightly press for suitable modifications of any of  those provisions in the Bill , IF ANY, which, according to an impassionate view, has the potential of leaving real scope for the government to interefere, that too unjusifiably, in the affairs of the professional practice so as to impair its 'independence' - in a profound sense. As such, from common perception,  in any view, there appears to be no rationale in any such opposition in totality-that is against the very legislation itself, 

For these reasons, in one's conviction, this is a matter which the professional community, in its own interests, especially from a long range point of view, is obligated / will require to accord its due reconsideration  of the seemingly harmful stance  chosen to be taken.

 

 

 

 

prasad (BSc BL)     17 April 2011

I would say that  paucity of  judges and courts were the root cause of all these eviles. The Govt should look in this way before passing laws for the protection of interests of clients. There should be a time limit for disposing the cases.

vswaminathan   17 April 2011

For the version of my comments, as since modified, one may visit the Blog -swamilook 

Vishwa (translator)     18 April 2011

Lawyers being what they are will easily find ways of evading the provisions of this act. Why are they called *law*yers? Because they consider themselves above all laws!


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