The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court issued notices for contempt to online portals carrying out advertisements and soliciting for lawyers, despite explicit directions of the High Court to desist from such activities.
As far as the Code of Ethics under the Advocates Act, 1961 is concerned: Rule 36 and 37 prohibits advertising, touting and solicitation of work by lawyers.
Citing the same, the High Court had in a writ petition titled Yash Bharadwaj v/s Union Of India issued interim directions restraining online portals like ‘myadvo’, ‘justdial’, ‘lawrato’ etc. from soliciting work on behalf of lawyers, since these opposes Rule 2, 36 and 37 of the Bar Council Of India Rules.
Since no rules have been prescribed to regulate this blatant advertising by practicing advocates, recourses are being taken up by the lawyers to advertise themselves which in turn reduces the integrity of the lawyers community in the eyes of the public: the Petitioner contended.
During the course of hearing the writ petition, the Bar Council Of India had informed the court that a five member Committee was constituted to look into the complaints of the petitioner.
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