City lawyers welcome 365- day court schedule
At a time when a majority of lawyers’ associations in the country are opposing the suggestion by the new chief justice RM Lodha that there should be a 365- day work schedule for courts, the Bombay Lawyers’ Association ( BLA) has welcomed the move, saying that it will benefi t litigants.
As per the CJI’s request, the Bar Council of India ( BCI) convened a meeting with all state bar councils last week, which saw a virtual rebellion against the CJI’s suggestion. However, the Bombay Lawyers’ Association, which has 100 members, has welcomed the suggestion.
The BLA has written a letter to the CJI and to Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, alleging that it is only a few “infl uential group of advocates” who are not willing to accept the suggestion as they are interested in keeping functioning of courts “lawyer- centric” and oppose any move which makes it “litigant- centric”.
“This group has been controlling all the Bar councils and Bar associations and using them as an instrument of power rather than a platform for service. They have been maintaining monopoly over these institutions and using them for private gain. Unless this monopoly is broken... this group will always succeed in maintaining status quo,” reads the letter.
The letter also suggests that Bar councils and Bar associations be made true representative bodies of advocates by carving out reservation of seats for women advocates, junior advocates and advocates belonging to other social and economically backward sections.
Rajiv Chavan, president of the Advocates Association of Western India, said they are yet to discuss the issue. “The BCI had called for a meeting in which it was suggested that a committee of eminent advocates be set up to examine the CJI’s proposal and interact with the head of the judiciary on this issue,” said Chavan.
A lawyer, on condition of anonymity, said that the suggestion was not unreasonable as there were another means of tackling pendency of cases. “First, the vacancies in the judges’ posts in all the courts should be filled. There is no point in lawyers working 365 days a year when judges are not being appointed,” he said.
Representative photo The Bombay Lawyers’ Association, which has 100 members, has welcomed the CJI’s suggestion. The BLA has written a letter to the CJI and to Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, alleging that it is only a few “infl uential group of...