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anil kapoor (President)     26 April 2012

What is a senior advocate?

What is a Senoir Advocate?

What is the definition of being a Senior Advocate?

How do you become a Senior Advocate and how do you get the title "Senior Advocate".

Who gives you the Title "Senior Advocate"?

What are the duties and responsibilities of a senior Advocate?

What are the benefits and or dis-advantages of being a Senior Advocate?

What action can be taken against a Senior Advocate, if he or she does not do his or her duties in accordance with an understanding made with the client?

Why there are so many Senior Advocates in India?


 4 Replies


Dear Kapoor,

You have given a long list of the qualities of a Senior Advocate.This is not a position defined in law or Bar Association.A Senior Advocate means an experienced advocate in all legal disciplines.Hope you got your answer.

Sourav Chatterjee (Professional)     27 April 2012

(Act no. 25 of 1961)


Section 16. Senior and other advocates,- (1) there shall be two classes of advocates, namely , senior advocates and other advocates.

(2) An advocate may, with his consent, be designated as senior advocate if the Supreme Court or a High Court is of opinion that by virtue of his ability[ standing at the Bar or special knowledge or experience in law] he is deserving of such distinction.

(3) Senior advocates, shall in the matter of their practice, be subject to such restrictions as the Bar Council of India may, in the interest of the legal profession, prescribe.

(4) An advocate of the Supreme Court who was senior advocate of that Court immediately before the appointed day shall, for the purposes of this section, be deemed to be a senior advocate ;

[(Note:- Added by Act 21 of 1964, sec.8) Provided that where any such senior advocate makes an application before the 31st December, 1965, to the Bar council maintaining the roll in which his name has been entered that he does not desire to continue as a senior advocate, the Bar Council may grant the application and the roll shall be altered accordingly].

anil kapoor (President)     27 April 2012

Thanks for your comments.

anil kapoor (President)     27 April 2012

Dear Mr. Chatterjee:

Thanks for your very valuable information.

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