Norms for designating senior advocates to be reviewed in a week or two

Kashmir Times. Dated: 8/24/2021 12:16:06 AM

NEW DELHI, Aug 23: The Supreme Court on Monday decided to let its 3-judge Bench review the norms fixed in 2017 on the designation of the senior advocates by it or the High Courts in a week or two.

Chief Justice of India N V Ramana sought time for the purpose on the submissions of senior advocate Indira Jaising, on whose PIL the Supreme Court had come out with the guidelines for designating the lawyers, prescribing the objective criteria of assigning the marks.

She has moved the Court on Delhi High Court and the Punjab and Haryana High Court using "arbitrary and discriminatory" secret voting as norm as prescribed in the guidelines only in the unavoidable circumstances and not normally and by a majority of the judges in the full court.

The designation of lawyers should be on the basis of marks given by the designated committee and this kind of voting is to be resorted to "only when it is unavoidable," Jaising said, expressing concern that the voting was resorted as a norm and not as an exception.

The CJI told her that he also wants to take this up as also sought by the Supreme Court Bar Association.

A Bench, also comprising Justices Surya Kant and Aniruddha Bose, sought time since Soli Sorabjee, who recently died, was one of the members of the Apex Court's 5-member panel taking initial decisions on the applications of the lawyers and his vacancy is to be filled up.

The permanent panel for the purpose comprises the CJI, two senior-most judges and the Attorney General and a member of the Bar to be selected by them as its fifth member, which Sorabjee used to be.

In the 2017 judgment laying down the guidelines to the Supreme Court and 24 High Courts, the Court had said that the permanent panel at the High Court level will have its Chief Justice, two senior-most judges, advocate general and a representative of the Bar.



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