As we know that due to Covid, the Court hearing is being done online. And during this time, we have got to hear many objectionable incidents in the court hearing. Once again a similar case has come to the fore, in which a lawyer refused to turn on the camera.
Recently, during the online hearing in Allahabad High Court, the petitioner’s lawyer refused to turn on his camera as he was not in uniform. The hearing was being held on the bail plea, which has been adjourned by the court as the lawyer did not turn on the camera.
A Division Bench of Justice Samit Gopal of the court called it “objectionable” and fixed March 15, 2022: for hearing the matter.
During the online hearing, when the petitioner’s lawyer was added to the video conferencing, his camera was switched off. When the judge asked him to turn on his camera, he refused to turn on the camera as he was not in uniform. Due to this, the judge adjourned the hearing and proceeded with the hearing.
Prayagraj High Court has faced disappointment many times due to such actions of lawyers. During the online hearing in the High Court, a person was seen in a semi-naked form, then the High Court had also given instructions to the lawyers that no objectionable incident should happen during the hearing.
Similarly, in June 2021, the Allahabad High Court pulled up a lawyer who was trying to argue the case while sitting in a car.
The Allahabad High Court had also directed the Registrar General of the High Court, while addressing the courts, to frame a set of rules for ‘dos and don’ts’ for lawyers.
It was ordered by a bench of Justice Rahul Chaturvedi that while appearing before the court through virtual mode, do not adopt any casual approach, which may create a hindrance.