Education a lawyer on courtroom decorum, Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud right this moment mentioned the Supreme Courtroom “shouldn’t be a (railway) platform the place you’ll be able to board any prepare”.
The sturdy remarks got here after a lawyer began arguing in courtroom out of flip. Round midday, the lawyer all of a sudden stood up and mentioned he has submitted a public curiosity litigation for judicial reforms and needs an pressing listening to. The matter was not listed for the day.
The Chief Justice was furious on the sudden point out of an unlisted matter. “This isn’t a platform you can board any prepare. Converse to a senior on methods to behave in a courtroom and what are the foundations. You’re a lawyer, proper? You must know when and methods to point out issues,” he mentioned.
The lawyer persevered, saying that he’s not towards the judicial system, however solely needs enhancements.
The Chief Justice then requested the place he practises. The lawyer responded that he seems within the excessive courtroom and decrease courts. “Why do not you’re employed with a senior advocate who can prepare him in (courtroom) decorum and mannerisms,” the Chief Justice requested.
A stickler for courtroom decorum, the Chief Justice has typically pulled up advocates who’ve crossed the etiquette line. Earlier this month, a lawyer arguing at excessive pitch was in for a reprimand from the Chief Justice.
“The place do you usually follow? You may’t browbeat us by elevating your voice. This has not occurred within the 23 years of my profession, and it’ll not occur in my final 12 months. Decrease your pitch,” he mentioned.
“Is that this the best way you argue earlier than the primary courtroom of the nation? Is that this the way you at all times shout at judges? Decrease your pitch,” Chief Justice repeated. The lawyer finally apologised to the Chief Justice.
Final 12 months, he had seen a lawyer speaking over his cellphone contained in the courtroom. The Chief Justice had requested the lawyer if the courtroom “is a market the place he can chat over the cellphone” and requested the courtroom’s employees to confiscate it.