UP Bar Council opposes extension of working hours

Last Updated: Friday, September 24, 2010 - 19:01

Allahabad: The Uttar Pradesh Bar Council
on Friday strongly opposed the Allahabad High Court`s
administrative order of increasing working hours of the courts
with lawyers boycotting work in several districts of the
state.

"We strongly disapprove of the High Court`s
administrative order whereby courts in 71 districts of the
state have been directed to function for additional two hours,
from 4.30 pm to 6.30 pm from October one onwards," Bar Council
Chairman, Arun Kumar Tripathi said.
He claimed the decision has been taken "without taking
into account the difficulties that advocates are likely to
face.

"In passing the administrative order, the High Court
has lost sight of the fact that over-worked judges, lawyers
and other staff members would not have the energy to toil
beyond normal working hours even if the courts remain open."

He said that we intend to raise the issue at the Bar
Council meeting scheduled on Sunday, September, 26.

Meanwhile, judicial work came to a standstill in some
districts of western Uttar Pradesh as lawyers in
Muzaffarnagar, Kanpur, Saharanpur, Bijnore, Baghpat and Meerut
boycotted the courts.
General Secretary of Kanpur Bar Association Naresh
Chandra Tripathi said, "If an advocate will come at 10 in the
morning and will stay at 6:30 in the evening, then when
will he go back to home and prepare for the next day`s case."

He said the court should change its decision.

The advocates of Kanpur were protesting against the
court`s order and were on strike yesterday and today as well.
If our demands will not be taken into consideration then in
future we will go to higher courts, Naresh said.

The court work also remained paralysed in Mathura for
the second successive day following the strike of advocates.

"The court boycott starting from Thursday would continue
till Saturday. While passing the order for evening court,
interest of litigants has been overlooked. Neither their
safety has been considered nor their limited means of
transport have been thought of," President of Bar Association
Alok Singh said.

PTI



First Published: Friday, September 24, 2010 - 19:01

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