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Delhi HC dismisses plea to give stipend to young lawyers saying there was no merit in it.

PANASAM AKSHARA | Delhi HC | Aug 22, 2022

Delhi High Court dismissed a plea seeking to direct Centre & Bar Council of Delhi to look at financial difficulties and give monthly assistance of Rs.5000 to newly enrolled advocates during the initial year of practice.A bench of CJ Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Subramonium Prasad rejected the petition saying there was no merit in it.The bench said if the court passes such a direction for lawyers, later Chartered Accountants and people from other professions will also come for the same relief.The petition said that the petitioner, a young lawyer, along with other young advocates are intending to pursue their litigation practice and learn under a senior lawyer but due to non-payment they are unable to learn properly and carry any of their expenditures.The plea raised issue of allotment of chambers to lawyers and said there are no rules for it and no equal opportunity is given to young advocates.The chamber is allotted on generation basis and based on age of advocate,which is denial of fundamental right of newly enrolled advocates,it alleged.On point of lack of lawyers chamber,the court said all young lawyers are free to sit in halls available in court & nobody will stop them."If anybody is stopping,you always have a right to come to us"the bench said.The petitioner stated various state bar councils have already made similar provisions in respect of providing financial assistance to young advocates and same is also required in Delhi as cost of living here is higher than in most of states in India.

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