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Miffed lawyers boycott work

Jharkhand High Court advocates, upset over non-distribution of daily cause list of cases, abstained from legal proceedings on Friday.

The lawyers, under the banner of Jharkhand High Court Advocates’ Association, assembled on the corridor of the court and raised slogans against the authorities for their failure to distribute the cause list.

The cause list contains details of cases before each judge for the day. The court administration sorts out the cases to be published in the list and sends the document for printing. It is then made available to the association for distribution among lawyers. Without it, advocates cannot prepare for day’s proceedings.

Association secretary Deepak Kumar said, “In absence of the list, lawyers do not know the cases on board for the day and face problems during the hearing as they are not prepared.”

The angry association members later called an emergency governing body meeting at the Advocates Hall and discussed at large the perennial problem of non-distribution of the cause list due to delay in printing.

The lawyers decided to suggest the authorities for publication of an advance weekly list and hand it over them on Sunday.

“The advance list will help us plan out the week ahead and gather an idea of cases due to be taken on the succeeding days,” secretary Kumar said.

A delegation of the association led by its president Mahesh Tiwari, secretary Kumar and other advocates met Chief Justice R. Banumathi and apprised her of the problems they were facing on a regular basis.

The association made it clear that to Banumathi that in the coming days too if the list is not circulated on time, lawyers will not go ahead with the day’s work.

According to an advocate, the list was available on the Internet but it was not practically possible to download due to its huge size.