Penalizing Delinquent Advocates: Bar Panel vis-à-vis Courts of Law

 Once in a while there is an unruly lawyer who pushed things a little too far with the argument, or there is one of those who tend to resort to unfair and, sometimes, patently illegal means to gain advantage. Such people need to be take care of with an iron hand, for they bring disrepute to the legal profession. But then, the job of disciplining the lawyers is best left to the representative bodies of lawyers with Bar Council of India at the apex. It is regrettable that the courts have been forced to consider disciplining unruly lawyers though they have so far shown remarkable self-restraint. It is time for the legal profession to regulate itself a lot more effectively so that the drastic step of judicial intervention is not necessitated.

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