The Supreme Courtroom on Thursday slapped Rs 2,000 as prices on an advocate on file for sending an “unprepared” junior to court docket in his place to hunt an adjournment. The advocate on file is a lawyer authorised to characterize purchasers and file circumstances within the Supreme Courtroom.
As a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice DY Chandrachud took up the matter listed for listening to, a junior lawyer appeared and requested the matter be deferred as the principle advocate was not accessible.
“You’ll be able to’t take us without any consideration like this. There are infrastructural prices concerned within the functioning of the court docket. Begin arguing,” the bench, additionally comprising Justices PS Narasimha and Justice Manoj Misra, mentioned.
The junior lawyer instructed the bench he was unaware of the case and had no directions to argue the matter.
Taking exception, the bench mentioned, “We’re beneath directions to listen to the case from the Structure. Please name the advocate on file. Ask him to seem earlier than us.” Later, the advocate on file appeared by means of video conferencing and apologised to the court docket.
The bench requested him why he despatched a junior to the court docket with none paper and data of the case.
The bench then recorded in its order, “A junior was despatched unprepared with none papers. Once we declined to grant an adjournment, the advocate on file appeared. Issues can’t be carried out on this method. That is doing a disservice to each the court docket and to the junior who’s made to seem with none paper.
“The advocate on file shall deposit prices of Rs 2,000 to the Supreme Courtroom Bar Affiliation and produce receipt of the identical.”
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