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Petition in Supreme Court, seeking exemption for lawyers from wearing black coats, gowns during summer

By PTI

NEW DELHI: A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking exemption to lawyers from wearing black coats and gowns during summer in the apex court as well as high courts across the country.

The plea has sought a direction to the State Bar Council to amend its rules and fix the time period when lawyers will be exempted from wearing black coats and gowns, based on the fact that the heat peaks in the particular state. it occurs.

This petition has been filed by advocate Shailendra Mani Tripathi.

It said that wearing coats during scorching heat makes it difficult for lawyers to move from one court to another.

The dress code of lawyers is governed by the rules of the Bar Council of India under the Advocates Act, 1961, and they make it mandatory for an advocate to wear a black coat with a white shirt and a white neckband.

Under the rules, wearing a lawyer’s gown is optional, except when the lawyer is appearing in the Supreme Court or High Court.

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