1. Only Judges evaluation decides senior advocate tag, says Chief Justice TS Thakur

Only Judges evaluation decides senior advocate tag, says Chief Justice TS Thakur

Law degrees from well-known foreign universities and years of practice does not guarantee a lawyer to earn the `senior advocate' status from the Supreme Court.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: October 23, 2016 5:36 PM
Bench led by CJI TS Thakur says it assessed advocates on a daily basis when they appeared in front of judges. (PTI) Bench led by CJI TS Thakur says it assessed advocates on a daily basis when they appeared in front of judges. (PTI)

Law degrees from well-known foreign universities and years of practice does not guarantee a lawyer to earn the `senior advocate’ status from the Supreme Court.

A bench of Chief Justice TS Thakur, Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice LN Rao stated this last Friday in response to allegations that `senior advocate’ designation was being given to undeserving lawyers through a non-transparent process. without making criteria of evaluation public.

The issue was raised by senior advocate Indira Jaising. She said that there was a perception that senior advocate designations can be gained through lobby and it has become an elite club restricted to a few, a ‘The Times of India’ report has said.

Jaising was also was supported by another senior lawyer A M Singhvi who said there should be a few listed qualities for which an advocate should be assessed. There is also a section of lawyers who are opposing the present system of designating senior advocates.

However, the bench said it assessed advocates on a daily basis when they appeared in front of judges in the apex court, and took note of their knowledge in law, court craft and standing at the bar -the three qualities that play a huge role in promoting a lawyer as senior advocate.

Neither degrees from foreign universities, nor years of practice could make a lawyer earn the senior designation automatically, the bench said. But as several high courts continuing to confer senior advocate status on lawyers who did not even practise before that HC, the words of the bench failed to convince the applicant.

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    K N
    Oct 24, 2016 at 9:29 am
    Judges want to preach every one but when comes to their transparency and accountability they want none .
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    Sukumar Sukumar
    Oct 24, 2016 at 12:00 pm
    Can't the three qualities listed by SC viz 1) Knowlege in law, 2) Court Craft and 3) Standing in the bar be essed openly ? SC being the supreme authority of judiciary can take into account various factors such as case laws that are reported for each lawyer, respect, decency and decorum maintained in court and the way written and oral submissions are made by an advocate which do many a times finds place in judgments, and standing in the bar which means support extended by the concerned advocate for the betterment of judiciary, rule of law etc can all be essed in each and every case and the SC judges can very well make it public in the judgment itself. Such recognitions will be a moral support and booster for the advocate as also will encourage others to follow. SC should not just say it is for the judges to decide the matter of designating one as senior advocate and instead should think in above lines and implemet it.By the way is there a standard for "judgments" rendred by courts in our country - I mean what all should be discussed in it and how it should be drafted.?
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