‘Lawyers without chambers’ protest

‘Lawyers without chambers’ protest

Complain that criteria followed to allot chambers at lower court left seniors out

SRINAGAR: Not all lawyers have chambers at the newly constructed district court complex in Mominabad. The criterion is that those lawyers who have chambers at high court will not be allotted chambers at the lower court.
The ‘lawyers without chambers’ are dismayed. “It is based on their own choice and recommendation. No criterion has been maintained while allocating chambers. Seniors have been thrown out and those lawyers have been allocated chambers that have two to three years’ practice,” said one among them.
“I felt like not coming to court ever,” said Mir Urfi, an advocate. “There is so much expenditure and yet there are no chambers for lawyers who are putting their service into the service of court and people. We are operating in open space where anyone comes and goes. There is no privacy. The client is made to stand for hours. Moreover, our documents are lying open here and there. It is really disheartening.”
M A Qayoom, head of the Bar Association Kashmir, said, “I had filed a writ petition in High Court to allocate chambers on seniority basis, but the court allocated these chambers on the basis that those lawyers who have chambers at high court will not be allocated at lower court. This decision is of the court.”
Meanwhile, an application was forwarded by advocate Aijaz Dar to Principal District and Session’s judge, Rashid Ali Dar, asking the court why some lawyers have been left out.
Dar said, “I have paid the fees of chambers at court road premises but I was not allocated a chamber here. I don’t understand what is happening here. What sort of affairs are we running through? We are also working for people and court but there is no privacy. Nobody is talking on behalf of us and we are being left like beggars.”

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