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Senior Advocates must pay a dignified stipend to young lawyers: Delhi High Court

Delhi High Court ordered senior attorneys to give their juniors good stipends so that they can live honourably. A division bench led by Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Subramonium Prasad urged Seniors to take a more sympathetic stance and to be aware of the financial backgrounds of their juniors.

“This Court appeals to senior advocates of this profession to make sure the stipend paid to their juniors is sufficient to relieve the financial strain that comes with the profession and allow juniors to lead a more respectable life.

“Given the virtue of this profession, we also implore them to be more considerate of the financial situation of their juniors and to approach it with more empathy “added the Court.

According to the petitioner, because of their poor and unpredictable income, young attorneys have trouble finding food, transportation or lodging. 

In this regard, the petitioner asked the Delhi Bar Council and the Bar Council of India for guidance on how to offer newly registered attorneys financial assistance of Rs 5000 per month for the first few years of their practise.

According to the Court, Article 21 of the Indian Constitution cannot be interpreted to grant lawyers the right to request a monthly stipend from Bar councils. the court dismissed the current PIL while urging the bar councils and older attorneys to show greater understanding of the challenges experienced by junior attorneys.

Ahir Mitra
Ahir Mitra

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