The Karnataka High Court today directed the state government to critically consider releasing an appropriate amount for needy Advocates' Clerks amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. .This direction came in a petition moved by the Karnataka State Level Advocates Clerks Association through Advocate Murthy Dayanand Naik seeking financial aid for needy Advocates' Clerks in the State. .A Division Bench of Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice Ashok S Kinagi, in its order held, ."By releasing an amount of Rs 5 crores, the State Government has accepted the need to render financial assistance to the members of the Bar. By that logic, the State Government must sympathetically consider case of the Advocates Clerks.".It went on to hold,."Once the State Government accepts the position that any members of the Bar are in distress, then there will not be any difficulty in accepting the contention that even the Advocates Clerks are in distress. We, therefore, direct the State Government to release appropriate amount for the benefit of the Advocate Clerks who are finding it difficult to survive due to limited functioning of the Courts."Karnataka High Court.The Bench orally observed further,."If the State can accept the representation of the members of the Bar and render them assistance, then why not for Advocates' Clerks? They are in a worse position....It will ultimately be a violation of Article 14.".During the hearing, Vice President of the Dharwad Bar Association apprised the Court that a total amount of Rs 25,000 has been collected by way of donations from Senior Advocates for 40 needy Advocates Clerks in Dharwad. .To this, the Court said, ."About 40 people badly need money. If that is so, the contribution of Rs 25,000 is certainly on the lower side. Therefore, it is necessary for Senior members of the Bar to come forward and contribute so that a reasonable amount can be paid to the needy clerks who are in distress.".The Court was further informed that the Dharwad Bar Association had also made a representation to Karnataka State Bar Association and the state government to release funds for the needy clerks..Advocate Clerks are an institution, as important as senior members of Bar: Karnataka HC in plea seeking financial aid for Advocate clerks.In its order, the Bench also noted that a monetary benefit amounting to Rs 5,000 each was given to over 200 needy Advocates Clerks in Bangalore. This process was facilitated by the Advocates Association, Bangalore. .Karnataka State Level Advocates Clerks Association moves Karnataka HC seeking Rs 5 Cr corpus for their welfare amid COVID-19 Lockdown.In this view, the Court expressed hope that Senior members of the Bar in Dharwad would follow this example. .The matter will be next heard on August 20.