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Mohammed Abdur Rahman (Software Consultant)     02 January 2013

Petitioner in person - information required.


Dear All

I want to know if a Petitioner in Person who is not a Lawyer has to wear Advocate's Robes while presenting his/her case?

What are the other points that differentiates the Petitioner in Person from a Lawyer?

Also if anyone is successfull here as a Petitioner in Person, please share the experience like how to start the case, how to address, do's and dont's etc here or on the email 

Thanks in advance for the support.




 4 Replies

DISHA D. SHAH (lawyer)     02 January 2013

petitioner in person can present in their own case , this right specifically given . i have seen many cases , where petitioner present  in consumer forum, family court. civil cases i also know who got degree in between case procedure




Only advocates are allowed to wear robe while presenting the case in court of law.  Now let's see the difference between petitioner(who is fighting his own case) and a lawyer-


1. Lawyers generally have good knowledge of law as comapared to common man while petitioner may not have good knowledge of law(as in your case see you are asking how to start, a lawyers knows already as to how to start a case).


2. Lawyers know the preocedure to lead the case and what to do in certain cumstances while common man including petitioner may lacking in this attribute(See you are asking how to proceed).


3.Lawyers know what to do and what not to do and most importantly when while common man including petitioner may be ignorant in this aspect(See you are asking what to do and what not).


4. A lawyer can do advocacy for another person while the petitioner is restricted to lead his own case only.


Hope that suffice.


Hope to hear again(if need so arises)




Thyagarajan (Property management)     03 January 2013

Lawyers represent cases given by his client. If the opposite party had approached him earlier than the client he would have pleaded for him as well. 

If one kows the procedures to file petition , file counter petitions ,it is better he presents the case himself. I tried in lower courts and  won couple of cases. In High Court I filed a case party in person got the case admitted but proceedures for follow up  required at least one case to have been handled earlier. For that I paid a councilor to file wakalat. In  final aurgument judge heared me and the advocate was a mute spectator. Order was passed in my favour.

I have not tried Supreme court yet


velukutty mohandas   14 November 2022

Dear All. I am pleading about 4 Cases as Party In Person. Many people propogate themself with many wrong legal points to plead as Party In Person.  My Advise in this is , First of all, Appearing as Party In person is a very challegeable situation. A vast reading, analysing is very important to plead the case successfully. Apart from that, need to create good relationship with people. The legal aspect for Appearing Party in Person are  1.THE ADVOCATES ACT, 1961     section  32. Power of Court to permit appearances in particular cases.—Notwithstanding anything contained in this Chapter, any court, authority, or person may permit any person, not enrolled as an advocate under this Act, to appear before it or him in any particular case.      குறிப்பிட்ட வழக்குகளில் ஆஜராக அனுமதிக்கும் நீதிமன்றத்தின் அதிகாரம்.-இந்த அத்தியாயத்தில் உள்ள எதுவும் இருந்தபோதிலும், எந்தவொரு நீதிமன்றமும், அதிகாரமும் அல்லது நபர் இந்தச் சட்டத்தின் கீழ் வழக்கறிஞராகப் பதிவுசெய்யப்படாத எந்தவொரு நபரையும் எந்தவொரு குறிப்பிட்ட வழக்கிலும் ஆஜராக அனுமதிக்கலாம்.

പ്രത്യേക കേസുകളിൽ ഹാജരാകാൻ അനുവദിക്കുന്നതിനുള്ള കോടതിയുടെ അധികാരം.-ഈ അധ്യായത്തിൽ അടങ്ങിയിരിക്കുന്ന എന്തുതന്നെയായാലും, ഏതെങ്കിലും കോടതിയോ അധികാരമോ വ്യക്തിയോ ഈ നിയമത്തിന് കീഴിൽ അഭിഭാഷകനായി എൻറോൾ ചെയ്തിട്ടില്ലാത്ത ഏതൊരു വ്യക്തിക്കും ഏതെങ്കിലും പ്രത്യേക കേസിൽ ഹാജരാകാൻ അനുവദിക്കാം


2.Crpc Section    145. Procedure where dispute concerning land or water is likely to cause breach of peace .—
(1) Whenever an Executive Magistrate is satisfied from a report of a police officer or upon other
information that a dispute likely to cause a breach of the peace exists concerning any land or water or
the boundaries thereof, within his local jurisdiction, he shall make an order in writing, stating the
grounds of his being so satisfied, and requiring the parties concerned in such dispute to attend his
Court in person or by pleader, on a specified date and time, and to put in written statements of their
respective claims as respects the fact of actual possession of the subject of dispute        நிலம் அல்லது நீர் தொடர்பான தகராறு அமைதியை சீர்குலைக்கும் நடைமுறை.     சம்பந்தப்பட்ட தரப்பினர்   
குறிப்பிட்ட தேதி மற்றும் நேரத்தில், நேரில் அல்லது வழக்குரைஞர் மூலம் நீதிமன்றம் மற்றும் அவர்களின் எழுத்துப்பூர்வ அறிக்கைகளை சமர்ப்பிக்க  மனுதாரர் ஆஜராகலாம்

3.303. Right of person against whom proceedings are instituted to be defended.—Any person accused of an
offence before a Criminal Court, or against whom proceedings are instituted under this Code, may of right be
defended by a pleader of his choice  if read with Article

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