Maintain minimum Court etiquette: SC accepts apology of advocate who appeared for virtual hearing while lying on bed wearing a t-shirt
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Maintain minimum Court etiquette: SC accepts apology of advocate who appeared for virtual hearing while lying on bed wearing a t-shirt

Rintu Mariam Biju

The Supreme Court recently accepted the unconditional apology of an advocate who appeared for a court hearing via video conference while lying on his bed, wearing a t-shirt.

The advocate admitted to the Court that it was "inappropriate" on his side to make such a court appearance.

While accepting his apology, a single Bench comprising Justice S Ravindra Bhat stressed on the importance of advocates appearing before the Court in a "presentable" manner.

"This court is of the view that when counsel appear in court video hearings, they should be presentable and avoid showing images, which are not appropriate and can only be tolerable in the privacy of their homes."
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The Bench further opined that though virtual court hearings have become the order of the day, minimum court etiquette such as decent dress, background, etc. should be followed, owing to the public nature of the hearings.

"We are all passing through trying times and hearings by virtual courts has become and order of the day. Yet minimum court etiquette in terms of what can be considered decent dress, background, etc. should be followed, given the public nature of the hearings."

With these observations, the Court accepted the apology tendered by the Advocate.

[Read order here]

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