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Frequent strikes by lawyer: Court issues notice to lawyer associations

05 February, 2014

LAHORE: Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah of the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday issued fresh notices to the Pakistan Bar Council vice chairman, Lahore High Court Bar Association and Lahore Bar Association on a petition questioning frequent strike calls by lawyer associations even on petty issues.

The Punjab Bar Council submitted its written reply and the court adjourned further hearing until February 11 due to unavailability of LHCBA President Abid Saqi.

The Punjab Bar Council, Lahore High Court Bar Association and Lahore Bar Association had already assured the court that lawyers would not observe strikes during court hours.

Barrister Iqbal Jafri had moved the petition for imposing a ban on lawyers' boycott of court proceedings. The petitioner has submitted that the Supreme Court of India had banned boycott by lawyers in 2003 and there had been no strike since then.

The petitioner submitted that bar associations and bar councils had made it a routine to announce boycott of courts to press their demands. He said the poor litigants suffered a lot due to such protests. He said that during strikes, lawyers also misbehave with judges and put pressure on them to suspend their work. He requested the court to issue directions to lawyer bodies to stop going on strikes.

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