SC issues tough guidelines to give lawyers 'senior designation'

SC issues tough guidelines to give lawyers 'senior designation'

SC issues tough guidelines to give lawyers 'senior designation'

The Supreme Court on Thursday said that a permanent committee headed by the Chief Justice of India will henceforth decide on the designation of lawyers as senior advocates.

The Supreme Court today formulated certain guidelines for the designation of all the Senior Advocates for all the state High Courts and Supreme Court.

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 the lawyer has been a part, publications, pro bono litigation and the test of personality.

The bench, also comprising Justices R F Nariman and Navin Sinha, said time has come when uniform parameters should govern the exercise by all courts of the country including the Supreme Court with the maximum objectivity in the process to ensure that only the most deserving and the very best would be bestowed the honour and dignity.

The committee shall have a permanent Secretariat, the composition of which will be decided by the CJI or "the Chief Justices of the High Courts, as may be, in consultation with the other Members of the Permanent Committee", it said.

"The Secretariat will publish the proposal of designation of a particular Advocate in the official website of the concerned Court inviting the suggestions/views of other stakeholders in the proposed designation", it said.

The top court has already laid down the criteria for designating senior advocates.

After processing and short-listing the applications, the Secretariat would place final list before the permanent Committee. The decision is taken on the basis of secret voting among the judges and by the rule of majority.

Then the permanent committee would call the aspirant lawyers for designation as senior for interviews and personality tests.

This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Press Trust of India wire.