A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court and in the High Courts across the country seeking exemption for lawyers from wearing black coats and gowns during summers. The petition has sought a direction to the State Bar Councils to amend the rules and fix a time period when lawyers will be exempted from wearing black coats and gowns.
Lawyers have difficulties
The petition said that this period can be determined in that particular state by the fact that when the summer is highest there. This petition has been filed by advocate Shailendra Mani Tripathi. It was said in the petition that it is very difficult for lawyers to go from one court to another wearing a coat in the scorching heat.
It is mandatory for an advocate to wear white shirt, black coat and white neckband as per the dress code of lawyers prescribed under the Bar Council of India Rules under the Advocates Act, 1961. Under the rules, it is optional for an advocate to wear an advocate’s gown except during his appearance in the High Court or the Supreme Court.