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  • Avoid ‘Your Lordship’, ‘My Lord’ To Address Court : Justice Krishna Bhat Of Karnataka High Court Urges Advocates

    first_imgNews UpdatesAvoid ‘Your Lordship’, ‘My Lord’ To Address Court : Justice Krishna Bhat Of Karnataka High Court Urges Advocates Mustafa Plumber16 April 2021 9:46 PMShare This – x Justice P Krishna Bhat of the Karnataka High Court has put up a note requesting advocates to avoid addressing court with honorifics as ‘My Lord’ or ‘Your Lordship’. The note reads that Members of the bar are requested to adhere to a practise consistent with dignity of court which is more important in Indian circumstances like, ‘Sir’. Recently, Justice Arun Kumar Tyagi of…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?Login Justice P Krishna Bhat of the Karnataka High Court has put up a note requesting advocates to avoid addressing court with honorifics as ‘My Lord’ or ‘Your Lordship’. The note reads that Members of the bar are requested to adhere to a practise consistent with dignity of court which is more important in Indian circumstances like, ‘Sir’. Recently, Justice Arun Kumar Tyagi of the Punjab and Haryana High Court had made a similar request to the bar.Few months back,a Supreme Court bench headed by the Chief Justice of India had taken objection to a law student, who was appearing as a party-in-person, when he addressed the judges ‘Your Honour’. “When you call us Your Honour, you either have the Supreme Court of United States or the Magistrate in mind. We are neither”, CJI SA Bobde told the petitioner. The petitioner was quick to apologize and told the CJI that he will use “My Lords”.Requests By Individual Judges Not To Use ‘My Lord’ And ‘Your Lordship’ Justice K. Chandru of Madras High Court had in 2009 asked the lawyers to refrain from using ‘My Lord’. Last year, Justice S Muralidhar had formally requested the lawyers that they may try and avoid addressing him as ‘your lordship’ or ‘my lord’,”. The Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court, Thottathil B. Nair Radhakrishnan had recently addressed a letter to the officers of district judiciary including members of Registry, expressing his desire to be addressed as “Sir” instead of “My Lord” or “Lordship”. Last year, Rajasthan High Court issued a notice requesting lawyers and those appearing before the judges to desist from addressing the Hon’ble Judges as “My Lord” and “Your Lordship”. ‘Your Lordship’, ‘My Lord’ Colonial Relic; Lawyers may even use ‘Sir’ to address judges – BCI Resolution of 2006 On 6 May 2006, the Bar Council of India published its resolution in the Gazette of India which read as follows: “Consistent with the obligation of the Bar to show a respectful attitude towards the Court and bearing in mind the dignity of Judicial Office, the form of address to be adopted whether in the Supreme Court, High Courts or Subordinate Courts should be as follows: “Your Honour” or “Hon’ble Court” in Supreme Court & High Courts and in the Subordinate Courts and Tribunals it is open to the Lawyers to address the Court as “Sir” or the equivalent word in respective regional languages. Explanation: As the words “My Lord” and “Your Lordship” are relics of Colonial post, it is proposed to incorporate the above rule showing respectful attitude to the Court”. Thus the Rule [Part VI, Chapter IIIA of Bar Council of India Rules] prescribe the use of “Your Honour” or “Hon’ble Court” in Supreme Court & High Courts and “Sir” or equivalent words in the Subordinate Courts and Tribunals. The explanation further states that the words “My Lord” and “Your Lordship” are relics of Colonial post. It is evident from the above Rule that the Bar Council of India has disapproved the use of “My Lord” and “Your Lordship” and has prescribed the use of “Your Honour” or “Hon’ble Court” or “Sir” to address judges. Interestingly, this resolution was taken by Bar Council after considering the observations made by the Supreme Court while hearing a PIL filed by Progressive & Vigilant Lawyers Forum. However, the judgment/order dismissing this PIL on 6 January 2006 could not be accessed. Reportedly, the Court had dismissed the PIL observing that it was a matter to be decided by the BCI as to how the Judges should be addressed. Following this, in 2007, the Kerala High Court Advocates’ Association had unanimously resolved to stop addressing judges as ‘My Lord’ or ‘Your Lordship’.  BCI Rules Don’t Penalise For Addressing Court As ‘My Lord’, ‘Your Lordship’: Punjab & Haryana HC [Read Judgment] Next Storylast_img read more