Lawyer appears in virtual hearing while lying on bed; SC says minimum court etiquette be followed

Supreme Courtroom noticed that attorneys showing in issues by way of video- conferencing needs to be “presentable” and keep away from exhibiting pictures that aren’t acceptable.

The incident had occurred when the SC was listening to a petition in search of switch of a case. (File picture)

A lawyer appeared in a digital listening to within the Supreme Courtroom whereas mendacity on mattress and donning a T-shirt, drawing displeasure of the choose who noticed that “minimal court docket etiquette” needs to be adopted given the general public nature of hearings.

The apex court docket noticed that attorneys showing in issues by way of video- conferencing needs to be “presentable” and keep away from exhibiting pictures which aren’t acceptable.

Justice S Ravindra Bhat accepted the apology tendered by the advocate, who mentioned it was “inappropriate on his half to make a court docket look, while mendacity on mattress wearing a T-shirt”.

“This court docket is of the view that when counsel seem in court docket video hearings, they need to be presentable and keep away from exhibiting pictures, which aren’t acceptable and might solely be tolerable within the privateness of their properties,” the court docket famous in its June 15 order.

“We’re all passing by making an attempt instances and hearings by digital courts has develop into an order of the day. But minimal court docket etiquette when it comes to what might be thought-about first rate costume, background, and so on needs to be adopted, given the general public nature of the hearings,” the apex court docket mentioned.

The incident had occurred when the highest court docket was listening to a petition in search of switch of a case pending in a household court docket in Haryana’s Rewari to a reliable court docket in Bihar’s Jehanabad.

The apex court docket, which has restricted its functioning amid the COVID-19 pandemic, is presently listening to issues by video-conferencing.

In April this 12 months, an analogous incident had come to mild when a lawyer had appeared in a bail listening to performed by video-conferencing in vest, drawing the ire of the Rajasthan Excessive Courtroom.

The excessive court docket had criticised the advocate for not showing in correct uniform in the course of the listening to.

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