The All-India Lawyers' Union district conference has unanimously resolved to oppose the proposed law — Legal Practitioners (Regulations and Maintenance of Standards in Professions, Protecting the Interest of Clients and Promoting the Rule of Law) Act, 2010.
At a meeting held on the premises of AC College of Law here on Sunday, national vice-president of the union Sunkara Rajendra Prasad said that they would oppose the proposed law tooth and nail as it contained several provisions that might interfere with the independence of the Bar and breach the trust between clients and lawyers.
“It envisions establishment of a legal services board, a consumer panel, and an ombudsman to receive grievances from the consumers,” he said.
District union president Katta Kalidas and secretary Narra Srinivas said that the proposed draft bill was unnecessary as the subject matter sought to be covered in it was actually the same for which the Advocates Act, 1961, was enacted and the Bar Council at the State level and the Bar Council of India had been established.
Constitution of an ombudsman with statutory powers would encourage “consumer activism and give scope for unwarranted litigation,” Mr. Srinivas opined.
This, along with establishment of a legal services board as a super regulatory body, would interfere with the independence of the Bar,” he felt.
He also said that any control on the profession should be by professionals themselves, and bringing in judicial officers, whether serving or retired, “is totally against the concept of independence of the Bar.”
The meeting also resolved to demand the Central government to pay monthly allowances to junior advocates and establish a National Judicial Commission.