38.6c New Delhi, India, Thursday, July 18, 2024

Supreme Court Relaxes Dress Code for Lawyers Amid Pandemic [Read Circular]

By Priyam Jain      14 May, 2020 02:28 PM      0 Comments
Supreme Court Relaxes Dress Code for Lawyers

To contain the spread of coronavirus and as a precautionary measure, the Supreme Court recently relaxed the dress code for Advocates appearing before it through video conferencing.

The circular issued by the Secretary-General of the Supreme Court informed that Advocates may wear plain white-shirt/ white-salwar-kameez/ white saree, with a plain white neckband during the hearings before the Supreme Court of India through virtual court system till the medical exigencies exist or until further orders.  

The court has also done away with the requirement of wearing gowns, for the time being, and these directions will come into force with immediate effect.

It was also stated that the apex court will be issuing directions to judges and advocates to appear before the court without robes for now to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

Earlier, senior advocate Kapil Sibal during a hearing had requested to know why the bench comprising of Chief Justice SA Bobde and Justice Indu Malhotra were not following the dress code. The CJI in response had commented that they have heard that jackets and gowns make it easier to catch the virus and therefore an order would be issued soon to alter the dress code for lawyers and judges. This was of utmost significance as the courts are likely to function and hear non-urgent matters per normal soon.

On similar lines, Justice L Nageshwar Rao heading the three-judge bench stated to the Solicitor General - Tushar Mehta that the apex court would be running a pilot measure from the coming week wherein judges would take up cases sitting in the courtrooms and the advocates shall argue the matters sitting in their chambers through video conferencing. 

[Read Circular]

Share this article:

Leave a feedback about this

Trending Know The Law
Zero FIR: Here’s all you need to know!

Understanding Zero FIR: Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita Section 154 allows FIR at any police station. E-FIR under Section 173 ensures efficient crime reporting in India.

17 July, 2024 01:25 PM
Trending Judiciary
Judicial activist Ashwini Upadhyay asks SC to declare amendment to Preamble as unconstitutional

Judicial activist Ashwini Upadhyay petitions SC to declare the 42nd Amendment to the Preamble, which added "Socialist," "Secular," and "Integrity," as unconstitutional.

17 July, 2024 05:14 PM


Trending Judiciary
Bombay High Court denies interim relief in plea against 1 year Pan Masala Ban [Read Order]

Bombay High Court denies interim relief to petitioners challenging the 1-year ban on pan masala, citing arguable questions and ongoing similar cases.

12 July, 2024 10:00 AM
Trending Judiciary
SC Collegium recommends appointment of Chief Justices of eight High Courts [Read Order]

SC Collegium recommends appointments of Chief Justices for Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, J&K, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Madras, and Meghalaya High Courts.

12 July, 2024 10:55 AM
Trending Judiciary
SC orders interim bail for Kejriwal in ED case, refers issues on arrest to larger bench

SC grants interim bail to Kejriwal in ED case, refers arrest issues to larger bench; AAP leader remains in jail due to separate CBI arrest in liquor scam.

12 July, 2024 11:21 AM
Trending Judiciary
Hathras incident: SC refuses to consider PIL on inquiry, adequate compensation

Supreme Court declines PIL on Hathras stampede inquiry and compensation, directs petitioner to approach High Court for addressing the issue.

12 July, 2024 01:38 PM


Join Group

Signup for Our Newsletter

Get Exclusive access to members only content by email