Madhya Pradesh lawyers are set to go on a strike on Monday, December 20 in protest against the manner in which district judges have been dealing with cases causing inconvenience to lawyers and leading to extreme work pressure..The decision to resort to strike was taken at a virtual meeting of the Madhya Pradesh State Bar Council.Advocates throughout the State are set to abstain from work as a mark of protest against the state of the lower judiciary, chairman Shailendra Verma told Bar & Bench.Speaking about the decision in the meeting, Verma said that 17 of 18 present were in favour of the strike. He indicated that under the existing work culture, lawyers appearing before the lower judiciary are working in an "over-pressured" environment. Verma said the Council will inform lawyers about the reasons for the strike and ask them to participate."We will tell the Chief Justice (of the Madhya Pradesh High Court) to speak with the lower judiciary judges. On meeting him today, he said he has already given directions that while cases should be disposed of, one lawyer having multiple cases across different courts should be accommodated in this regard," he said. Verma said that this directive of the Chief Justice was misinterpreted to mean that cases should be heard even quicker and day-to-day. "Lower judiciary under pressure would tell the petitioners to argue their own case. This situation must be looked into. It is our duty that both lawyers and judges maintain respect for each other and this needs a conducive atmosphere and hence we are going ahead with the strike," he said.