Licence of an Advocate Suspended For Using Social media to solicit work

The Disciplinary Committee of Punjab and Haryana Bar Council has suspended a lawyer’s license who was using social media to publicise himself. The Bar council also warned its members from using social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram to promote themselves.

According to sources, the Committee delivered this order after the lawyer in question failed to appear before them. His reply sent through the mail was unsatisfactory. However, the Committee gave liberty to the lawyer to move a recall application.

The order reads that the lawyer’s application was contradictory in nature, and he has shown no intention to appear before the Committee. The lawyer was given the last opportunity to appear, but as he failed to do so, the instant order was passed, and his licence was suspended.

Chairman of the Bar Mr Karanjit Singh has stated lawyers taking out an advertisement on social media channels violate rules framed by the Bar Council of India.

Rule 36 prohibits Advocates from using advertisements( direct or indirect), circulars, touts, communications etc., from soliciting work, and the same will be considered misconduct u/s 35 of Advocates Act,1961.

Bar Council has the power to suo motu action against erring Advocates if such an instance is brought to its notice.

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