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Orissa High Court imposes Rs 500 fine on advocate for not wearing neck band during virtual hearing

20/02/2021 at 9:17 PM

Cuttack, Feb 20: The Orissa High Court on Monday imposed Rs 500 fine on an advocate who was not wearing a neck band while arguing before the Court in virtual mode.

“During course of hearing, it is observed that the learned counsel for the informant does not wear neck band at the time of argument, which clearly reveals that the said counsel has violated the dress code prescribed under the Advocates Act,” observed Justice S.K Panigrahi.

Justice Panigrahi further remarked that every profession has certain dress code and people belong to particular profession are recognized by their attires. “The lawyers’ dress code is governed by the rules prescribed under the Advocates Act, 1961, making it mandatory for lawyers to wear black robe or coat with white shirt and white neck band. The Rule framed under Section 49(1)(gg) of the Advocates Act, 1961 prescribes the dress code for Advocates irrespective of designated Senior Advocates or other Advocates,” remarked Justice Panigrahi.

The Supreme Court during COVID-19 outbreak has directed the advocates that they may wear plain white shirt/salwar kameej, plain saree with white neck band since they were appearing through virtual court.

“Because of medical exigencies, especially during pandemic, such changes were allowed. However, the etiquette, courtier and attire are subtle indicators of erudition and professionalism especially for lawyers and this strongly influences people’s perception on the profession. The profession is solemn in nature and its profundity is complemented by its attire. Being an Advocate, he is expected to appear before the Court in a dignified manner with proper dress, even if it is a virtual mode,” further remarked Justice Panigrahi.

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