Calcutta High Court Fines Advocate-On Record for Misusing Rights to Approach the Court

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Calcutta High Court took an aggressive stand to impose a fine of ₹50,000 on an advocate-on-record. It imposed the fine for misuse of the Bail application system.

Facts of the Case

On the 22nd June 2020, the Calcutta High Court imposed strict costs on an advocate-on-record. The order stated that the advocate tried to take advantage of the virtual platform. 

The advocate had filed a new bail application despite the previous one still pending. The advocate reasoned it by stating that there is non-issuance of a certificate. This certificate serves as an acknowledgement after receiving the application. The Registrar General had filed several applications on this matter and this is one of them. As a result, he requested the Court a chance to withdraw the application. 

The Court noted the earlier application filed on 23rd April 2020. However, it is to hear the matter once it starts functioning. The lag in functioning is due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. Despite this, the Court has tried to be as vigilant as possible. Yet there were successive applications on the matter. 

Order of the Court

Owing to the advocates irresponsible behaviour, the Lordships imposed a fine of ₹50,000. They said that such an irrational behaviour would tarnish the image of the judiciary. The advocate was directed to pay the fine to the State Legal Services Authorities. 


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