The Gujarat High Court Advocates’ Association (GHCAA) has written to director general of police (DGP) Shivanand Jha and Ahmedabad Police Commissioner Ashish Bhatia to allow lawyers to commute between their residence and courts so that they can remain present in court for the hearing of urgent matters.
GHCAA president Yatin Oza in the letter said all lawyers under the umbrella of GHCAA have an identification card and the police can allow them to commute after checking their ID cards. The letter also clarifies that lawyers practicing in any other court in the state will have an ID card issued from the Bar Council of Gujarat (BCG).
Notably, the Ministry of Home Affairs in its notification on Wednesday for the extended lockdown till May 3 has allowed electricians, plumbers, motor mechanics, and carpenters to operate amid the lockdown. However, it does not mention lawyers in the list. GHCAA has argued that the list is “illustrative” and not “exhaustive” and it intends to permit all self-employed persons, including lawyers, to resume work.