Gujarat High Court fines lawyer for “improper conduct” during a virtual court proceeding.

    In a recent happening, a lawyer was imposed with a fine of Rs. 10,000 for his “irresponsible conduct”. The Gujarat High Court on Thursday imposed such fine furious with the conduct of the lawyer during a virtual court proceeding.  With the increasing number of virtual court hearings, Courts have witnessed several cases of misconduct on the part of lawyers.

    During one such hearing, Justice A S Supehia noticed that the complainant’s lawyer was sitting in a charge and smoking. The court chided the lawyer, J V Ajmera, for his “irresponsible conduct” and imposed a fine on him.

    “This court seriously deprecates such conducts of advocate J V Ajmera,” it said in an order and asked him to deposit Rs 10,000 in the registry within a week. “It was not expected from an advocate to be smoking in the car during Court proceedings. Such behaviour of the advocate is required to be strictly condemned.”

    Justice Supehia asked the council and the association to maintain decorum before the court during video conferencing. “They shall be informed/instructed that the proceedings conducted through video conferencing shall be either from their respective residences or any office space, barring any vehicle or any open ground. While attending the proceedings from their respective residences/offices, they shall also maintain appropriate sitting posture while addressing the court”, read the court order.