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The Karnataka High Court recently 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.
This direction of the Court came in a 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 (Advocates Association, Bengaluru vs State of Karnataka).
The order passed by Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice Ashok S Kinagi states,
Karnataka High Court
The Court passed this direction after KSBC submitted that it was unsure of the amount to be set apart for the benefit of advocate clerks.
Advocate Murthy D Naik suggested that at least Rs 25 lakh be reserved for advocate clerks from the Rs 5 crore fund released by the State.
During the course of the hearing, the Bench also remarked that the focus should be on improving the functioning of the courts, while trying to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The matter will be next heard on October 10.