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The Advocates (Amendment) Bill, 2023


Why is it in the news?

  • Recently, the Lok Sabha passed the Advocates (Amendment) Bill, introduced by the Ministry of Law and Justice.
  • The bill aims to amend the Advocates Act of 1961, which consolidates legislation related to legal professionals, establishes Bar Councils, and forms the All-India Bar.

 

Key Features of the Bill

  • The bill repeals specific sections related to touts under the Legal Practitioners Act of 1879.
  • Every High Court, district judge, sessions judge, district magistrate, and revenue officer (not below the rank of a district collector) is empowered to frame and publish lists of touts.
  • The Court or judge may exclude from the premises of the Court any person whose name is included in the list of touts.
  • Authorities empowered to frame and publish the list of touts may order subordinate courts to hold an inquiry into the conduct of persons alleged or suspected to be touts.
  • Any person acting as a tout while his name is included in the list of touts will be subject to punishment, including imprisonment up to three months, a fine up to Rs 500, or both.

 

Touts

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Touts are individuals who actively seek to persuade others to hire a particular lawyer and receive payment for providing this service.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 They commonly operate around places like courts or government offices, offering their services to connect people with lawyers in exchange for monetary compensation.

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