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SC: Right to Practice as Advocate is not an absolute Legal Right, Courts can regulate Lawyers

August,30,2016:

Supreme Court expounds that the right to practice as an advocate is not an absolute right, but it is a statutory right subject to control and regulation.

Courts can Control Legal Profession
Courts can Control Legal Profession

Supreme Court has expounded that the Courts can supervise and also regulate the Right to Practice in order to ensure the administration of justice.

Apex Court Bench comprising of Justice A K Sikri and Justice N V Ramana enunciated that Right to Appear and to conduct the cases in the court was a matter on which Court must and does have major supervisory and also controlling power.

The bench further stated that, the courts are not thus divested from the Control or Supervision of conduct in the court merely because it may involve the right of an advocate, the bench said.

The Supreme Court made above observations while rejecting the plea of Jamshed Ansari, who had contended that rules put an unreasonable restriction on the fundamental right to practice his occupation and violated Section 30 of the Advocates Act.

The Apex Court expounded that the restrictions were reasonable and were done keeping in mind public interest.

SC Judgment on Authority of Judiciary to Control Legal Profession

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