Lawyers in district and High Courts across the country will abstain from work on March 31 in protest against what the Bar Council of India (BCI) has termed an attempt to take away the autonomy of bar councils and associations through The Advocates (Amendment) Bill, 2017, proposed by the Law Commission.

What are the amendments proposed by the Law Commission?
The Bill provides for a special public grievance redress committee of the BCI comprising a former Supreme Court judge or Chief Justice of any High Court as its chairman, two retired judges of different High Courts as its members, one senior advocate and one member of the BCI.

View of advocates
The Commission proposes to turn the Bar Council into a rehabilitation centre for retired judges of High Courts and the Supreme Court,” said BCI. The advocates alleged that the proposed Bill was aimed at shutting the mouth of advocates; the legal profession had been proposed to be regulated by non-lawyers.