Advocates Protection Bill: Bar Council of India Requests For Advice From Bar Councils, HC Bar Association

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The Bar Council of India has requested suggestions on the draft ‘Advocates Protection Bill’ from the stakeholders, including Bar Councils, High Court Bar Associations, and Supreme Court Bar Association on or before July 9. The decision came according to a report acted by the seven-member Committee for drafting the draft “Advocates Protection Act” to guarantee protection and safety to Lawyers in carrying out their duties, taking note of the recent attacks on lawyers and their family members.

The press release published by the BCI (The Bar Council of India) dated July 2 states:

“The Bar Council of India would like to announce that pursuant to the decision of the Bar Council of India on 10.06.2021 whereby a 7-Member Committee was constituted to draft the Advocates Protection Bill, the Committee has furnished its report today to the Council, and the Council had decided for its circulation to all the Bar Councils, High Court Bar Associations and Supreme Court Bar Association and also to all other Bars of the country. All the stakeholders have been requested to peruse the draft and provide their inputs if any, section-wise, within a week from today, i.e., by/on/before July 9, 2021, on the Email ID”

In the pioneer meeting dated June 10, the Council discussed the incident wherein a Jaipur-based lawyer, namely Advocate Shri Ram Sharma, and his wife was stabbed physically, causing them numerous injuries. Because of this, other recent similar incidents were also reviewed by the Council, including the charge on a Telangana-based lawyer and his spouse. According to the Council, the Advocates Protection Act will guarantee adequate protection to segments of the legal fraternity to bear on their duties as officers of the court, fearlessly without worrying about their and their family’s safety.

The Committee included the following members:

  • Mr. S. Prabakaran, Sr. Advocate, Vice-Chairman, Bar Council of India.
  • Mr. Debi Prasad Dhal, Sr. Advocate, Executive Chairman, Bar Council of India Trust
  • Mr. Suresh Chandra Shrimali, Co-Chairman, Bar Council of India.
  • Mr. ShailendraDubey, Member, Bar Council of India.
  • Mr. A. Rami Reddy, Executive Vice-Chairman, Bar Council of India Trust
  • Mr. ShreenathTripathi, Member, Bar Council of India.
  • Mr. Prashant Kumar Singh, Member, Bar Council of India.

“The Advocates fraternity is literally acting as one of essential wings of the justice delivery system akin to the Police and the Judiciary and while the police and judiciary have access to protection, social security and even privileges; the most important link between the two who argue and present the cases/matters in courts is/are not given proper protection against the nefarious activities of anti-social elements,” As mentioned in the press release.

Moreover, highlighting the report so far, BCI has said that: “The Committee has also deliberated upon the need for social security, apart from physical security and protection against illegal arrest and detention and redressal of grievances of Advocates and Bar Associations too. The Committee has endeavored to consider all these connected issues and drafted the “Advocates Protection Bill.” The Bill, if enacted by the Parliament, will guarantee sufficient protection to members of the legal fraternity so that they can carry on their responsibilities as administrators of the court, fearlessly without having to worry about their and their family’s social and physical safety.

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