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November 02, 2017

Implement SC guidelines on designation of senior advocates: GHCAA to Gujarat CJ


Gujarat High Court

The Gujarat High Court Advocates Association (GHCAA), in a letter to the Chief Justice of Gujarat High Court, called for implementation of the guidelines issued by the Supreme Court; with respect to the designation of Senior Advocates, in the case of Indira Jaising vs Supreme Court of India and others.

The association, in an intervening application, also called for transparency and objectivity in the designation process.

Supreme Court ruling has effectively rendered invalid the income criterion and the secret ballot election process for designating Senior Advocates under the 2012 rules, the letter said.

According to the Supreme Court guidelines, the High Courts must constitute a Permanent Committee and a Secretariat to receive and examine the applications for designations.

The Permanent Committee is to consist of the Chief Justice of the High Court, the other two senior most judges, the Advocate General of the state and one member from the Bar to be nominated by the aforementioned four dignitaries.

“To take into consideration the aforesaid judgment and guidelines prescribed by the Honorable Supreme Court of India and suitably amend the High Court of Gujarat Designation of Senior Advocates Rules, 2012 and make necessary provision for constituting a Secretariat and Permanent Committee to receive and examine application for the Senior Advocates designation at the earliest and oblige,” the association in its requested the Chief Justice said.

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