SCBA requests lawyers to follow guidelines over switching off phones in the Supreme Court courtrooms

The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) on 10th February, Saturday, has issued a fresh circular stating that lawyers should switch off their mobile phones when inside a courtroom. The circular was to remind the lawyers of the court’s Registry order of 2007.

On 11th May 2007, the Supreme Court Registry had issued guidelines saying, “Cameras should not be allowed inside the Courtrooms. An advocate carrying a mobile phone will be required to switch it off. A cell phone creating any disturbance/nuisance inside the Courtroom will be confiscated by the Court Master and handed over to the Joint Registrar (Security).”

However despite the guidelines being issued, they were not strictly adhered to. Thus the SCBA has received a letter from the Additional Registrar of the Supreme Court on 8th of February in this regard on the non compliance of guidelines related to the use of mobile phones inside the Court Rooms.

The SCBA in its circular has therefore requested its members to follow the guidelines and cooperate for the same.

Read the Circular below:

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