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Odisha Lawyer fined for not wearing neckband during the trial through video-conference [READ ORDER]

Lawstreet Journal 22 Feb 2021 10:22pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary Odisha Lawyer fined for not wearing neckband during the trial through video-conference [READ ORDER]

In the latest of a series of attempts by the judiciary to ensure that the court etiquettes are not compromised in the virtual mode of its functioning the Odisha High Court, last Monday, fined a lawyer Rs. 500 for not wearing a neckband during the hearing of a case.

The court observed that every profession has a dress code that helps identify the people belonging to that profession. The lawyer's dress code is governed by the Advocates Act, 1961 which makes it mandatory for lawyers to wear a black robe or coat with a white shirt and white neckband.

These rules of dress code framed under Section 49(1) (gg) of the Advocates Act, 1961 applies to all practitioners of the profession irrespective of being designated as Senior Advocates or other Advocates. 

During the Covid-19 pandemic, the Supreme Court in consideration of the exigencies of the times and the virtual mode of operations has allowed relaxations in the dress code. The lawyers were allowed to wear plain white shirt/salwar kameez, plain saree with white neckband while participating in virtual court sessions. Following the Apex Court, several High Courts have also allowed such concessions in the dress code.

The High Court while passing the order observed that:

“However, the etiquette, courtier and attire are subtle indicators of erudition and professionalism especially for lawyers and this strongly influences people's perception of the profession. The profession is solemn and its profundity is complemented by its attire. Being an Advocate, he is expected to appear before the Court in a… Continue Reading...

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