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The Bar Association of the Supreme Court to interfere in PIL demanding exemptions on rent obligations for advocates during lockdown

Team SoOLEGAL 23 Apr 2020 8:50pm

The Bar Association of the Supreme Court to interfere in PIL demanding exemptions on rent obligations for advocates during lockdown

On Wednesday, 22nd April, The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) vouched to file an application to the Supreme Court to resolve the problems faced by legal practitioners.

The Executive Committee agreed to interfere in the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) already pending before the Apex Court, which highlighted the difficulties faced by lawyers in meeting office expenses due to the lack of revenue arising from the national lockdown.

The PIL in question urged the Top Court to declare the lockdown period "Force Majeure" or to exclude lawyers from performing their duty to pay rent, etc., because unforeseen circumstances, i.e. the forced lockdown triggered by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, made it difficult to do so. The lawsuit, titled Aljo K. Joseph v Union of India, was filed by Advocate On Record (AOR) Sachin Sharma.

Pursuant to a meeting of the SCBA Executive Committee, a resolution was passed to convey the situation of lawyers facing difficulties in making ends meet in the absence of routine litigation activities. It was decided that it is a matter of interest to the ethical brotherhood and legal fraternity in general and must therefore be followed.

 



Tagged: Bar Association   Supreme Court   advocates   during lockdown   Apex Court   Force Majeure   COVID-19   pandemic   Outbreak  
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