Nirupam Banerjee, Ahmedabad: Seeking recognition of their superior ability, standing at the bar, and reputation among the legal fraternity, 35 advocates of the Gujarat High Court have applied before the high court administration for being designated as ‘senior advocate’.
Notably, the high court administration had on earlier issued a notification seeking applications from eligible lawyers who wish to be designated as a senior advocate.
The list of applicants includes several well-known names from the high court legal circle such as Megha Jani, Sangeeta Pahwa, Hriday Buch, Mitul Shelat, Zubin Bharda and Nimish Kapadia.
All matters related to the designation of senior advocates in the high court is dealt by a committee headed by the Chief Justice and comprising of two senior-most judges of the high court, advocate general, and a member of the bar nominated by the committee members.
The lawyers who have applied for being designated as senior advocate include Rajul Krishnachandra Patel, Megha Bhupendra Jani, Devang Girish Vyas, Jayant Madhurlal Panchal, Sangeeta Pahwa and Janak Vasudev Japee. The applicants also include Devendra Genaji Chauhan, Aspi M Kapadia, Unmesh Dhruvkumar Shukla, Hriday Buch, Apurva Sharad Vakil, Chandresh Vin and Mitul Kirit Shelat.
The list of advocates seeking the senior tag also includes Sudhir Mahendrasingh Mehta, Dakshesh B Mehta, Maheshkumar Natvarlal Bhavsar, Dharmishta N Raval, Suman Khare, Ajay Rajnikant Mehta and Nandish Yogesh Chudagar.
It also includes Mohmed Tahir Hakim, Pankaj Shantilal Champaneri, Darshan Parikh, Zubin Bharda, Sonal Devang Vyas, Mehul Chandrakant Vakharia, Mehul Sharad Shah, Vijay Harishchandra Patel, Amar Niranjan Bhatt and Amit Vireshkumar Thakkar.
This apart, Nimish Mahendra Kapadia, Ram Nandan Singh, Gopinath M Amin, Harmahesh Dharmsukhrai Vasawada and Chandrakumar Govindramji Sharma have also applied for the ‘senior advocate’ tag.
Gujarat HC seeks suggestions on the applications received
As per the High Court of Gujarat –Designation of Senior Advocates Rules, 2018, the high court administration has sought written suggestions and views of all stakeholders regarding the applications received from 35 lawyers. The response from stakeholders will be accepted only till November 24.
Only 54 senior advocates in HC
Although the Gujarat High Court has a strong bar of over 2,000 lawyers, there are only 54 designated senior advocates practicing in the court. While the senior advocates ‘officially’ do not have any specific advantage, their status is reflected in the respect and recognition they command from the bar and the bench. Also, senior advocates often charge higher fees than other advocates.
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