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Lawyers Not Allowed to Earn Livelihood by Other Means: SC [READ ORDER]

Lawstreet Journal 25 Jul 2020 5:31pm

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With the COVID-19 pandemic wreaking havoc on the health of people, another aspect of living has been majorly affected by it. The pandemic and measures taken to curb the situation have led to heavy economic losses throughout the world. With increasing rates of employment and rising debt, some people are failing to even earn enough for their basic necessities. Lawyers as professionals have not been able to bypass this either. A lot of legal practitioners are now unable to provide for their means and are facing economic hardships, among other things.

The Supreme Court took cognizance of the issue. While hearing proceedings for a suo moto case regarding financial hardships faced by lawyers due to the COVID-19 lockdown, the bench comprising of Chief Justice Bobde, Justice Bopanna, and Justice Ramasubramaniam provided its remarks on the issue. 

It said-

“We are conscious of the fact that the advocates are bound by Rules which restrict their income only to the profession. They are not permitted to earn a livelihood by any other means”

Certain rules in the Bar Council of India Rules, Chapter VII impose restrictions on advocates taking up other jobs. Rule 47 of the aforementioned set says that an advocate shall not “personally engage” in any business though he may be a sleeping partner at the firm. These rules ranging from 47-52 make it impossible for a practicing legal professional to become associated with any business or become its secretary, Managing Director, or an employee. This even extends to roles with the Government.

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