Chief Justice Chandrachud's Opinion on Strict Dress Code for Lawyers

New Delhi: On Friday, Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud said something regarding the strict dress code for lawyers, saying that it must be reconsidered given the extreme heatwaves witnessed across the country during summer. “Legal profession must shed its colonial underpinnings,” he noted. Chandrachud, however, highlighted that the attire strictness should not become a reason to morally police, women lawyers.

The Chief Justice was speaking at an event in New Delhi. “Legal profession must shed away its colonial underpinnings. In India where summers include extreme heatwaves because of climate change, we must reconsider the strict dress code for lawyers, especially in summers. The strictness of attire shouldn’t lead to moral policing of women lawyers,” he said.

Justice Chandrachud, who recently controlled the office of CJI, also called for the need to dispose of transfer petitions pending in the court before the winter vacation. About 3,000 transfer petitions are pending with the court, he said. Bail pleas must be expedited too, he added.

“Since we have 13 benches going on right now, we endeavor to dispose of 130 transfer petitions every day before the winter vacations. The SC wants to ensure that bail matters are listed and disposed of expeditiously,” the CJI said.

On the criticism received by his Collegium, the country’s 50th CJI noted that no institution in a democracy is perfect and that the court works within the current structure of the Constitution as it is interpreted and given to us.

“The working of the Constitution depends on how the district judiciary is working. When we celebrate the Constitution, we must be conscious of the history before the adoption of the Constitution,” Justice Chandrachud said.

By Archana

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