What are various Advocates in Supreme Court?

Q.  Which of the following is/are true regarding advocates of Supreme Court?

1) Designation of ‘Senior Advocate’ can be given by a high court too.
2) Only advocates-on-record are allowed to file document before the Supreme Court.
3) Other advocates are not allowed to file any document or matter before the Supreme Court.

- Published on 03 Mar 17

a. 1, 2
b. 1, 3
c. 2, 3
d. All of the above

ANSWER: All of the above
    3 types of Advocates can practice law before the Supreme Court -

    Senior Advocates -

  • They are advocates who are designated as Senior Advocates by the Supreme Court of India itself or by any High Court in India.

  • Any advocate can be designated as Senior Advocate by the Court, if the court feels that by virtue of advocate’s ability, special knowledge or experience of law or his/her standing at Bar, he/she deserves such distinction.

  • A Senior Advocate is not allowed to appear without an Advocate-on-Record in the Supreme Court or without a junior in any other court or tribunal in India.

  • He is also not allowed to accept requests to draw pleadings or affidavits, advise on evidence or do any drafting work of similar kind in any court or tribunal in India.

  • He cannot undertake conveyancing work of any kind.

  • But this restriction is not applicable when any such matter is settled in consultation with a junior.

  • Advocates-on-Record -

  • Only these advocates are allowed to file any matter or document before the Supreme Court.

  • They can also file an appearance or act for a party in the Supreme Court.

  • No other high court in India has a similar provision.

  • Other Advocates -

  • These Advocates can appear and argue any matter on behalf of a party in the Supreme Court.

  • But they are not allowed to file any document or matter before the Court.

  • These advocates have their names on the roll of any State Bar Council maintained under the Advocates Act, 1961.

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