Staff Reporter

Former chairman of Bar Council of India welcomes move

VISAKHAPATNAM: The decision to do away with the colonial practice of addressing the judges as `My Lord and My Lordship' is a welcome development, said D.V. Subba Rao, former chairman, Bar Council of India.

A leading lawyer from the city, he was reacting to the incorporation of a rule under Section 49 (1) (i) by BCI. He told The Hindu that the colonial practice was bad in taste.

Colonial practice

"Though judges do not like it, due to fear of displeasing them, the practice is still continuing," Mr. Subba Rao said. He informed that the debate was actually initiated in 1971 when the then Acting Chief Justice of the Supreme Court had called for doing away with the practice. The full court had also declared at that time that the judges were in favour of dispensing with the colonial practice, he stated.

Expresses happiness

"I am glad that 35 years after the suggestion made by the Acting Chief Justice, now the BCI has framed a rule to stop the use of My Lord and My Lordship,'' he said. Mr. Subba Rao noted that the judges could be addressed as `Your Honour, Hono'ble Court, Sir etc.' The BCI has sent copies of its resolution to the State bar councils and bar associations. He said though `Your Lord is still popular in the United Kingdom,' the attorneys in the United States call the judges as `Your Honour or Sir.' He, however, felt that despite the new rule, it would take some more time to do away with the colonial practice.