Supreme Court Lays Down New Guidelines for Senior Advocates

Team SoOLEGAL 13 Oct 2017 1:30am

Supreme Court Lays Down New Guidelines for Senior Advocates

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday said that a special committee will interview candidates and put forward their views to decide which lawyers are to given seniority.

The permanent committee will be headed by Chief Justice of India to accord senior designation to lawyers.

The new guidelines will be applicable to all High Courts and the Supreme Court, Bar and Bench reported. 

The five-member committee will include the most senior Supreme Court judge and high court judge and a representative of the concerned bar .

"Conferring senior advocate designation will no longer be the sole discretion of judges. A permanent body will interview applicants (lawyers) to determine whether they are suitable for the elevated designation," said the CJI-led SC bench.

The list of lawyers aspiring for seniority will be prepared by the committee after examining the background of the applicants.

The final list will then be sent to a full court for voting. Those rejected will be eligible for reconsideration only after a gap of two years, the Supreme Court said.

The bench also made it clear that the permanent secretariat will put the name of candidates being considered for senior designation on the website to invite suggestions of stakeholders.

"A senior advocate guilty of professional misconduct or other offence would face proceedings for withdrawal of designation," the SC said.

The SC said that its condition for seniority appear to be stricter than those for appointing SC and HC judges.

"The elaborate and stringent exercise for senior designation appears tougher than the existing scrutiny for appointment of Judges to HCs and SC."

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