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The Registrar General of the Allahabad High Court has issued a stern advisory to pay the highest respect to the High Court judges when they are passing through the galleries. The advisory cautions that persons who cross paths with Judges in galleries must wait until the judges have passed as a mark of respect.
The advisory is stated to have been issued after it came to notice that court officers and officials were not stopping to wait for Judges to cross them. Terming the same as a clear act of disrespect, it has been directed that court officers/officials passing through galleries meant for the movement of judges should halt until the judges have crossed, to pay their respects.
An office order issued yesterday to this effect by the Allahabad High Court Establishment Section states,
“It has often been noticed that while Hon’ble Judges pass through the galleries for sitting in Court and also retiring to Their Lordship’s Chambers, the officials/officers passing in the way do no stop to wait for the Honb’le Judges to cross them, which is clearly an act of disrespect.
It is, therefore, directed that the officers/officials while passing through the galleries meant for the movement of the Hon’ble Judges shall stop whenever they see that the Hon’ble Judges are passing through the galleries and pay highest respect to Their Lordships.
Any deviation in this regard shall be viewed seriously. “
Similar etiquette practices are not uncommon across High Courts. The Madras High Court also has mace-bearers who generally march ahead of judges to warn others to halt until the judge has crossed.
Read the Notification: