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While dealing with a plea seeking financial aid for advocate clerks, the Karnataka High Court on Wednesday asked the petitioner whether the state government could be made responsible for the reduced filing of cases [Karnataka State Level Advocates Clerks Association vs State of Karnataka and ors].
When Advocate Murthy D Naik pointed out that filing of cases has significantly come down amid the pandemic, the Division Bench of Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice Ashok S Kinagi orally asked,
"Should the State be held responsible for that?"
The Bench further stated,
"All three Benches of the High Court are working in full strength. Trial courts have reopened substantively. Should this exercise (financial aid for advocate clerks) be done now? As far as Dharwad Bench is concerned, the Bench is working at full strength."
Naik then informed the Court that the COVID-19 situation had not changed much.
To this, the Court asked,
"The situation that existed then when the petition was filed, does that situation exist now?"
The Court further expressed hope that filing of cases would increase since courts are functioning in full swing now.
As the matter drew to a close, the Bench asked whether the advocate clerks were being paid now. All the counsel said that it would ultimately depend on their employers.
With regard to a related plea filed by Advocates Association Bangalore (AAB), challenging a state government order refusing to consider representations made by bar associations seeking financial help for lawyers amid the pandemic, the Court directed the Karnataka State Bar Council to file objections by November 5.
Earlier, this month, the Karnataka High Court had directed the Karnataka State Bar Council (KSBC) to set apart a reasonable amount for advocate clerks from the Rs 5 crore that the state government had disbursed to aid advocates amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The matter will next heard on November 6.