Delhi High Court issues notice in writ challenging the institution of Senior Advocate

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This Monday, the High Court of Delhi issued notice in a petition challenging the constitutional validity of Section 16 of the Advocates Act. Under this provision, the Advocates Act recognises two classes of lawyers - advocates, and senior advocates.

The petitioners, the National Lawyers’ Campaign for Judicial Transparency and Reforms and advocate AC Philip, have also challenged the validity of Section 23(5) of the Advocates Act, under which senior advocates enjoy a right of "pre-audience" over other advocates.

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