SC holds that State Bar Councils must dispose of complaints against lawyers within a year

The Supreme Court has held that as per Section 36(B) of the Advocates Act, State Bar Councils must decide on disciplinary proceedings against lawyers within one year.

A Bench of Justices Dipak Misra, AM Khanwilkar and Mohan Shantanagoudar was hearing an appeal in a case involving a lawyer from Uttar Pradesh.

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