Amendments to Advocates Act won't be implemented: CJ assures lawyers

Amendments to Advocates Act won’t be implemented: CJ assures lawyers

No action will be taken against any lawyer under the newly amended rules of the Advocates Act, 1961, Chief Justice SK Kaul re-assured the agitating advocates on Monday.

When a team of advocates led by the Madras High Court Advocates Association President, R C Paul Kanagaraj, met Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and requested him to announce that action would not be taken against the advocates on the basis of amended rules, the CJ said, “I am not here to take action. But if boycott continues, I cannot prevent Bar Council from taking action.”

Amendments to Advocates Act won’t be implemented: CJ assures lawyers

According to Paul Kanakaraj, the assurance was given when he, along with Women Lawyers Association president S Nalini, advocate Vijayakumar and others, met CJ at his chambers earlier in the day. The CJ reportedly told them that until a decision was taken on the suggestions to be received from various Bar associations in the State by the Rules Committee, no action would be taken.

The CJ also said action would not be taken till suggestions for amendments to Advocates Act are received from the bar on the matter.

“If the High Court Rules Committee has to consider the suggestions of the bar association, the boycott and agitations need to be withdrawn,” he added.

At the same time, he told the team of advocates that if court boycott was continued by some Bar associations, he could not prevent penal action.