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‘No My Lord,’ says Justice Tyagi

Saurabh Malik

Press Reporter News Service

Chandigarh, March 3

“No My Lord,” says Justice Arun Kumar Tyagi. The Punjab and Haryana Excessive Court docket Decide has requested the advocates to not handle him as “Your Lordship” or “My Lord”.

A word within the checklist of pressing or contemporary circumstances to be heard by Justice Tyagi makes it clear that he needs the advocates to dispense with the archaic system of addressing judges. The word says: “It’s for the data of revered members of the Bar that hon’ble Justice Arun Kumar Tyagi has requested that they might keep away from addressing him as ‘Your Lordship’ or ‘My Lord’ and likewise saying obliged and grateful.”

“What else generally is a higher indicator of equality earlier than the regulation,” says a former Punjab and Haryana Excessive Court docket Decide in context of Justice Tyagi’s request to turn into impartial from the colonial legacy so deeply engrained within the Indian justice supply mechanism. 

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To handle or to not handle the Judges as “My Lords” has all the time been a contentious query among the many advocates. Describing it as a relic of the Raj, some legal professionals have all alongside been arguing that “My Lord” is an expression of submission. They’ve, moderately, been demanding that the Judges ought to honour the mandate of equality enshrined within the Structure of India by doing away to with the colonial follow of addressing the Judges as “My Lord” or “Your Lordship”.

Accessible info suggests the then Chief Justice of India, Justice H L Dattu, in 2014 had made it clear that addressing the Judges as “Your Lordship” was it not necessary. “When did we are saying it’s obligatory? You’ll be able to solely name us in a dignified method…Don’t handle us as ‘lordship’. We don’t say something. We solely say handle us respectfully,” Justice Dattu had asserted.

Even earlier than that, the Punjab and Haryana Excessive Court docket Bar Affiliation handed a decision to handle the Judges as “Sir” as an alternative of “My Lord”. The Affiliation, in April 2011, had unanimously resolved “to drop the lengthy pending image of slavery of the British Rule and colonial legacy to handle the honorable Judges as My Lord, or My Lordship or Your Lord or Your Lordship”. It was additionally resolves to handle the Judges “in accordance with the values of our Republican Structure as Sir”.

The members have been additionally requested to adjust to the decision in letter and spirit and have been warned of “strict motion” in case of non-compliance.

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