High Court of Madhya Pradesh has issued a notice making it mandatory for a party to engage a local Advocate during a case

High Court of Madhya Pradesh has issued a notice making it mandatory for a party to engage a local Advocate during a case

The Madhya Pradesh High Court issued a notice making it mandatory for “a party, engaging an advocate not stationed at Jabalpur, Indore or Gwalior in a case instituted at such place, to also engage a local advocate.”

Significantly, vide amendment published in Madhya Pradesh Gazette Notification dated 2nd October, 2020, the provision of Rule 3 of Chapter-VIII of the High Court of Madhya Pradesh Rules, 2008, has been amended as under:-

“A party, engaging an advocate not stationed at Jabalpur, Indore or Gwalior in a case instituted at such place shall also engage a local advocate to appear.”

Further, the Notice issued by the High Court makes it clear that “cases filed by the Advocates not stationed at Jabalpur, Indore and Gwalior will be put in default category, if a local counsel has not been engaged therein in view of amended Rule 3 of Chapter-VIII of the High Court of Madhya Pradesh Rules, 2008.” Earlier, the said Rule 3 of Chapter-VIII of the High Court of Madhya Pradesh Rules, 2008 was as under

“A party, engaging an advocate not stationed at Jabalpur, Indore or Gwalior in a case instituted at such place, shall also engage a local advocate to appear, act and plead.”

It may be noted that in July 2020, High Court Bar Association’s executive member Yash Soni had written a letter to the then Chief Justice, seeking fresh directions to the registry to comply with the provisions of Section 3 of Chapter VIII of the High Court of MP Rules 2008.

 

 

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