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Bar Council of Delhi drafts “Advocate Protection Bill”

Bar Council of Delhi drafts “Advocate Protection Bill”

A special committee of the Bar Council of Delhi headed by Advocate KC Mittal, and also includes Dr NC Sharma, Chairman, of the Coordination Committee and Raman Sharma, Secretary General, of the Coordination Committee has finalized the Delhi Advocates (Protection) Bill, 2023 for providing safety and security to lawyers from incidents of assaults, killings, intimidation and threats. The committee also consisted of the presidents and secretaries of the bar associations of Delhi.

The bill defines acts of violence, offenders, and punishment and provides for compensation as well as police protection to advocates in cases of threats. The bill also protects advocates from 'illegal arrest' and 'malicious prosecution'.

According to a press statement issued by the co-coordination committee of all district courts bar associations of Delhi, this committee shall consist of the head of the Judiciary i.e., the District Judge at the District level along with the President/Secretary of the concerned Bar Association and a nominee of Bar Council of Delhi.

"For the High Court, the Committee shall comprise of Hon’ble the Chief Justice or his nominee, along with the President/Secretary of the Delhi High Court Bar Association and the Chairman or a nominee of Bar Council of Delhi," the statement said.

It is proposed that these committees would act as and when any incident happens in the court premises and would make all efforts to resolve the same.

"If the situation warrants, the committee will refer the matter to the High Court and Bar Council of Delhi and in case of police/any other authority, the Committee shall be competent to issue appropriate directions in the facts as are brought before it."

 

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