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Lawyers' strikes are quite common in India, despite having been all but banned by the Supreme Court in the case of Harish Uppal v. Union of India.
28 June 2016

The ongoing row over the allotment of Andhra-origin judges to subordinate courts in Telangana took an even more serious turn today with the High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad suspending eight more state judges.

28 June 2016

>Madras high court Advocates Association today [27 June] decided to abstain indefinitely from all courts and tribunals from tomorrow [28 June] demanding unconditional withdrawal of recently amended rules to the Advocates Act, which among others provided for disciplinary action against erring lawyers.

27 June 2016

Taking serious note of the protest by Telangana state judges, the High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad on Monday suspended two judges.

16 May 2016

agnmuvtaNLU Assam students demanded more than Rs 60 lakhs from the law school, in refund of fees for various facilities which they claimed the administration had failed to provide to them. After their request was ignored since September 2014, the students on Friday (13 May) launched an indefinite boycott of classes.

15 February 2016

Lawyers across Uttar Pradesh are set to go on a strike on Monday demanding for further investigation into recent attacks.

The strike follows the recent attacks and the murder of two lawyers - Shrawan Kumar Verma from Lucknow and Ashok Kumar Ahirvar from Hamirpur last week.

Ajay Kumar Shukla, a member of the Uttar Pradesh Bar Council said that the strike was to protest against the investigation into the two murders which has has so far resulted in no arrests.

Even the state government seemingly is not interested in expediting the probe, he added.

The Bar Council has also demanded that families of both lawyers be given Rs 45 lakh as financial aid, in lines with similar compensation given by the Akhilesh Yadav government to Mohammad Akhlaq, a Muslim man who was killed in Dadri last year on charges of consuming beef.

The lawyers have also threatened to further expand their agitation if their demands were not met and the culprits not nabbed at the earliest.

06 October 2015

xsa1qmaqThe old aphorism that managing lawyers is like herding cats was applied originally to managing partners of law firms trying to control their partnership.

06 October 2015

pripqjnoOn certain days, the Indian litigant knows better than to hold the courts to their official calendar of working days: at least 100 days have already been lost this year across various Indian courts to strikes by advocates.

01 October 2015

The notice has reportedly being sent by the Bar Council of India (BCI) to the seven sitting Tamil Nadu and Puducherry state bar council members for opposing the BCI’s earlier purported disqualification of 15 local advocates for alleged violence.

BCI sources in New Delhi told TOI on Wednesday that the BCI chairman, Manan Kumar Mishra, had written to the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry directing the latter to give a list of its members who had participated in the Trichy meeting. Relying on the statement of the additional solicitor-general, the BCI chairman wanted the state council to issue a show-cause notice to the members and seek explanation.

reported The Times of India.

Disqualified advocates are not allowed to contest bar council elections for six years.

01 October 2015

Unprecedented scenes; caused by fear of the bar.

11 September 2015

As Common Cause vs Abhijat & Others came up before Justices Kurian Joseph and Arun Mishra at court No.13 on Friday (September 11) morning, Justice Arun Mishra tried to persuade Prashant Bhushan, counsel for Common Cause, not to go ahead with the contempt petition, as it would not serve any purpose. Justice Mishra said the onus is on the bar, which has to control the striking lawyers. “You have to discipline yourself”, he told Bhushan.

31 July 2015

"Owing to misbehaviour and insult meted out to advocates for a pretty long time, we took a resolution to abstain and refrain from attending the court of Justice Girish Gupta,” Calcutta high court Bar Association outgoing secretary Rana Mukherjee told PTI about the reason for lawyers have boycotted Gupta’s court for six days running yesterday.

Gupta turned up to court but “retired to his chamber later in the day” after lawyers did not turn up. The bar has demanded an apology.

30 July 2015

Bar Council of India (BCI) chairman Manan Kumar Mishra, who is also the Bihar State Bar Council’s (BSBC) representative at BCI, apologised to the Patna high court for the “mistakes” of the BSBC as the court admonished the BSBC for calling a state-wide lawyer strike on July 15, reported the Times of India.

Chief justice L Narasimha Reddy and justice Anjana Mishra observed that the BSBC had “tarnished the image of the legal profession”, through its call to strike against corruption in the lower judiciary, even though the cause of its strike was “laudable”. The observation came as the bench was hearing an unrelated case.

Mishra appeared before the bench to apologise.

21 July 2015

Lawyers of Delhi’s district courts on Tuesday began an indefinite strike against the delay in passage of an amended bill in parliament on enhancement of pecuniary jurisdiction of trial courts.

Advocate RK Wadhwa, chairman of the coordination committee of all district courts bar associations, said lawyers would abstain from work till the bill is passed by parliament.

The lawyers’ association would wait for one week for passage of the bill and thereafter intensify the protest, he said.

The committee said that despite assurances, the government has not cleared the proposed bill enhancing the pecuniary jurisdiction to Rs.2 crore.

Judicial work in six city courts -- Patiala House, Tis Hazari, Rohini, Karkardooma, Saket and Dwarka -- was paralysed.

15 July 2015

Thousands of lawyers in Bihar on Wednesday abstained from work, protesting against the lack of initiative by the Patna High Court on their demand to allow unrestricted entry of vigilance officials into the premises of subordinate courts.

Their demand was in order to curb the prevailing corruption in the judicial system.

The Bihar State Bar Council (BSBC) appealed to all advocates from district and subdivisional courts, tribunals as well as those practising at the Patna High Court to abstain from court work on July 15, said Akhouri Mangla Charan Srivastava, chairman of BSBC

He said that the protest hit most courts including the Patna High Court.

“Our strike was very effective,” Srivastava said.

09 July 2015

SC letterPolitics are in full swing at the SCBA again after yesterday’s meeting.

10 June 2015

Calcutta high court advocates, following the local high court bar association’s majority resolution, have gone on strike for three days from today due to the heat, reported the PTI, with judges waiting in vain in chambers to handle cases without lawyers present despite relaxing lawyers’ dress code requirements to “white shirt and pants”.

Chief Justice Manjula Chellur “likened the attitude of a section of lawyers practising at the high court with that of schoolchildren” and that the strike was irritating and painful.

14 May 2015

The Delhi high court Bar Association on Wednesday called off its strike protesting the clearance of bill by the Rajya Sabha to increase pecuniary jurisdiction of the high court as parliament adjourned before it could be passed by the Lok Sabha.

11 May 2015

The Delhi high court Bar Association (DHCBA) has called for an extension of its strike against the Rajya Sabha passing the bill to increase lower courts’ pecuniary jurisdiction, asking for “complete abstention from work” on 12 and 13 May.