SC issues guidelines for conferring lawyers with senior designation

NEW DELHI: Ten months after its verdict, the Supreme Court today notified its guidelines for according ‘senior’ designation to lawyers and constituted a five-member permanent committee headed by Chief Justice of India to shortlist the candidates.
The names will then be sent to the Full Court, comprising all the apex court judges, for a decision. The candidates will have to file an application or the committee can also recommend a candidate to the full court on its own, according to the guidelines.
The Apex Court has notified the norms in pursuant to its judgement on October 12, last year by which it had laid down guidelines for itself and 24 high courts to govern the exercise of designating lawyers as seniors.
The committee which will meet twice a year in January and July will have a permanent secretariat which would facilitate collating the details of the probable candidates.
The finalised guidelines are titled “Supreme Court Guidelines to regulate Conferment of Designation of Senior Advocates, 2018”.
Besides the Chief Justice of India as Chairperson, the permanent committee will have two senior-most judges of the Apex Court, the Attorney General as members and a member of the Bar as nominated by the Chairperson and other members. (AGENCIES)