|To oppose new procedures in filing criminal appeals|
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Chairman of Federation of District and Subordinate Courts Bar Associations of Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry P. Paramasivam speaking at the executive meeting in Puducherry on Sunday
PUDUCHERRY: Around 60,000 advocates in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry will go on a token strike on Monday and Tuesday to oppose the notification issued by the Madurai Bench of the High Court of Madras introducing new procedures in filing criminal appeals.
A resolution was adopted at the executive meeting of the Federation of District and Subordinate Courts Bar Associations of Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry held on Sunday.
“The registrar of the Madurai Bench had sent circulars to 12 districts stating that the advocates who file criminal appeals and suspension petitions have to go to the jail to meet the prisoners and get their signature. An attestation by jail authorities should also be obtained. This has not been in practice till date and we oppose the introduction of the procedure,” Chairman of the Federation P. Paramasivam said.
Terming the procedure as “harassment to the advocates,” he said that apart from driving advocates to police stations and prisons, the move would also lead to additional expenses to the litigants. “We staged protests on September 8 in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry opposing the move. We will go on a token strike, abstaining from courts, on Monday and Tuesday,” he said.
After the token strike, the federation would submit a representation to the Chief Justice of Madras High Court. “If the move still continues, we will convene a general body meeting and take steps to intensify our agitation,” he said.
Apart from this, the federation appreciated the efforts taken by Chief Justice of India K.G. Balakrishnan to eradicate corruption in the judiciary. “The Chief Justice of India and the Chief Justice of Madras High Court should come up with an effective mechanism to eradicate corruption at the subordinate judiciary level,” Mr. Paramasivam said.
The executive meeting of the federation discussed various issues including request of the Pondicherry advocates to enact Advocates’ Welfare Fund Act, amendment of a Government Order to enable court staff to be selected as civil judges, atrocities of police against advocates and grant of permissions by the government and Bar Council of India to start private law colleges.
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