The Madras High Court has notified amendment of the rules under the Advocates Act prescribing disciplinary action against unruly lawyers so as to ensure court proceedings are conducted in a peaceful manner.
The registrar general of the court issued the notification recently amending the rules.
Under the Advocates Actm courts have the power to debar advocates indulging in activities like attempting to influence a judge or participate in procession inside the court campus or holds placards and other acts.
Advocates indulging in such actions shall be debarred from appearing before the high or subordinate court permanently or for such periods as the court thinks fit.
The registrar general shall report the matter to the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu.
If an advocate misconducts himself as specified under Rule 14-A before the high court, the court shall has the power to take action against him/her. The court can also debar the advocate from appearing before it and all subordinate courts.
In case of misconduct before the court of principal district judge, then the judge can take action debarring the erring advocate from appearing before any court within such district.
If an advocate commits the act of misconduct before any subordinate court, the court concerned shall report the matter to principal district court within whose jurisdiction it falls.
On receipt of the report, the principal district judge shall have the power to initiate action against the advocate concerned and debar him from appearing before any court in such district.