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For Second Time In One Month Lawyers’ Dress Sense Irks Rajasthan HC, Hearing Adjourned

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The High Court of Rajasthan on Friday adjourned the video hearing on a case where the Counsel for the petitioner appeared in court, clad in a baniyan (inner vest). In a similar incident earlier this month the Court had to adjourned the video hearing in a case.

The bench presided by Justice Sanjeev Prakash Sharma was hearing a bail petition filed by one Lalaram. 

On appearance of the Counsel for the petitioner, Ravindra Kumar Paliwal, the judge expressed his displeasure and deferred the matter and said “this court has already observed that during this pandemic where court functioning is being done through video conferencing, lawyers must appear in proper uniform. Even through video conferencing a dacoram of the court is required to be maintained. The Advocates Act provides for lawyers to wear uniform while pleading case for their clients.”

The rules framed under Section 49(1)(gg) of the Advocates Act, 1961, prescribe the dress code for all Advocates appearing before the Supreme Court, the High Court and the Subordinate Courts. 

As per the code, male advocates should wear black buttoned coat, chakpan, achkan, black sherwani, white banks with advocate gowns or a black open breasted coat. The long trousers should be white or black striped or grey.

Lady advocates have the option of wearing a coat, saris, long skirts or churidar, kurta or salwar kurta in subdued colours.

-India Legal Bureau

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