SC is­sues guide­lines to ac­cord se­nior des­ig­na­tion to lawyers

The Northlines - - NATION -

New Delhi:

The Supreme Court is­sued on Thurs­day a slew of guide­lines in­clud­ing set­ting up of a per­ma­nent com­mit­tee led by the Chief Jus­tice of In­dia to ac­cord se­nior des­ig­na­tion to lawyers.

A three-judge bench headed by Jus­tice Ran­jan Go­goi said that be­sides the CJI, the com­mit­tee would in­clude a se­nior most Supreme Court judge or a high court judge, as the case may be in the com­mit­tee.

The bench also com­pris­ing Jus­tices R F Na­ri­man and Navin Sinha pro­posed set­ting up of a per­ma­nent sec­re­tar­iat which would col­late all in­for­ma­tion of a can­di­date who would be con­sid­ered for con­firm­ing of se­nior des­ig­na­tion by the per­ma­nent com­mit­tee. Be­sides the CJI and se­nior most SC/HC judge, the com­mit­tee would also in­clude a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the bar and At­tor­ney Gen­eral in case of apex court and Ad­vo­cate Gen­eral in case of high courts.

While de­cid­ing the is­sue of des­ig­nat­ing a lawyer as se­nior ad­vo­cate, the com­mit­tee would also con­sider as­pects such as num­ber of years put in the prac­tise, judge­ments in cases to which a lawyer has been a part, the pro bono lit­i­ga­tions and the test of per­son­al­ity. A lawyer will have to un­dergo the test of per­son­al­ity in which he will be in­ter­viewed for be­ing des­ig­nated as a se­nior lawyer.

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

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