New Delhi: From Wednesday, lawyers will be able to practise in courts across the country irrespective of their enrolment in any bar council without the need to transfer licence to their desired states.
The Centre has notified Section 30 of the Advocates Act of 1961. Though 50 years have passed since the Act was enacted, the section was brought to force only on June 09.
According to a Law Ministry notification, Section 30 of the Act will come into force on June 15.
Section 30 of the Advocates Act says, "Subject to the provisions of this Act, every advocate whose name is entered in the state roll shall be entitled as of right to practise throughout the territories to which this Act extends - in all courts including the Supreme Court.”
"Before any tribunal or person legally authorised to take evidence; and before any other authority or person before whom such advocate is by or under any law for the time being in force entitled to practise."
Once the section comes into force, advocates will be free to practise in any court, tribunal or any quasi-judicial authority all over India.
Advocates for the last several years have been demanding enforcement of the section. "Finally their long-pending demands have been met...it will be of immense help to them," Law Minister M Veerappa Moily said.
In 1988, the Supreme Court had asked the Centre to consider whether Section 30 should be brought into force or not. The court had, however, held that it was the discretion of the Centre to bring the section into force by issuing a notification.