“The dress worn by the Advocate clearly induces the seriousness of purpose and a sense of decorum which are highly necessary and conducive for the dispensation of justice”- Justice A.M. ShaffiqueThe High Court of Kerala has dismissed a writ petition challenging the present dress code of advocates prescribed by the Bar Council of India under Section 49 of the Advocates Act holding that the right to practise as an Advocate being a statutory as well as a fundamental right, reasonable restrictions can be imposed thereon. Justice AM. Shaffique of the Kerala High Court held : “Providing a dress code for those practising in various Courts can only be termed as a reasonable restriction and cannot be termed as either arbitrary or unreasonable.”The petitioner, a practising lawyer, had challenged the dress code prescribed by the Bar Council of India on the ground that it caused severe hardship and inconvenience to lawyers in Kerala on account of profusely sweating … [Read more...] about Stipulating Dress Code for Advocates cannot be termed as either Arbitrary or Unreasonable: Kerala HC [Read Judgment]
Jostle for position
The six-day hearing on triple talaq, which concluded on May 18, revolved mainly around the Constitutional safeguards enshrined in Articles 14 and 15 (gender equality and non-discrimination) at one end, protection to minorities guaranteed in Articles 25 and 26 at the other end, and the delicate balance between these two sets of fundamental rights.That each one of the senior lawyers, who addressed the Constitutional bench on behalf of their clients of different hues, divided broadly along the binaries of abolitionists versus non-abolitionists, is an expert on Constituional Law, is beyond doubt.But as the arguments unfolded and their grasp over family laws was put on test, they fumbled which resulted in several faux pas on some basic premises of family law.For instance, senior lawyer Mr. Amit Chadha, appearing for Shayara Bano, advanced a mistaken argument that after the enactment of the Dissolution of Muslim Marriages Act (DMMA) in 1939, it was mandatory for Muslim women to obtain a … [Read more...] about Contradictions, Confusions & Lighter Moments During Triple Talaq Hearing
Imagine a Monday morning. You have a case listed in the highest court of the land. You have travelled for more than 10 hours to reach New Delhi. You barely had some sleep. You were able to speak to your lawyer on the phone who directed you to be at the Supreme Court around 10 a.m. to manage a Visitor’s pass for you. You stood in a queue, got your pass and at sharp 10.30 a.m. you find yourself before the courtroom where the matter is listed. It is jam-packed with lawyers. There isn’t an inch to stand. You see those moving around jostling for space. You enter the courtroom and someone directs you to sit in the place reserved for the visitors, right towards the end of the court-room. You have paid a hefty sum of money to engage one of the best and the brightest lawyers in Delhi. She enters the court, you sigh relief. And then you press your ears hard to hear what’s transpiring in court. Except you can’t hear a thing from where you sit. The travesty of justice … [Read more...] about Usage Of Mics In The Courtrooms – Another Step Towards Transparency And Accessibility
Once thought of as weapons of war, commercial use of drones is now on the rise, with companies like Amazon jostling to position themselves at the forefront of the market (launching futuristic initiatives such as Prime Air and filing patent applications for inventions like flying warehouses). In the medical industry, drones have been trialled for the delivery of blood and medicines to remote areas, including in Rwanda and the US. But what, if anything, might drones bring to the sports industry? Do they have more to offer than the – admittedly appealing but arguably impractical (at least from a safety point of view) – idea of having a beer delivered to you in your seat at the stadium?Whilst many wrote off the ‘flying bar’ concept as a gimmick, it was a very real venture and its refusal by the US Federal Aviation Administration is a good example of the current confines around the expansion of commercial drone use. The challenge is to capitalise on the … [Read more...] about Magnificent Flying Machines? The Growing Role Of Drones In Sport
Most internal investigative processes are conducted in relative confidence and with as much discretion as possible. No such luxury for the BBC, forced (I will come back to that word) to carry out its process with Jeremy Clarkson in the full public gaze well before it can do so internally.Clarkson, already on a final written warning for the unbroadcast use of racist language, is accused of having punched a producer in a row over catering on a shoot in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He has brushed the allegation away, though if things follow the pattern set by his response to the racist remark allegation, his position will slide slowly from I didn’t hit him to I did hit him but only very gently to I did hit him despite doing my best not to. In any event, he seems from reports to be as unconcerned as you would expect of an instantly and internationally re-employable multi-millionaire without whom the BBC’s very lucrative Top Gear franchise is effectively dead.What no one … [Read more...] about Does The Case For Suspension Of Top Gear Presenter Lack Punch?