Madras High Court Issues Guidelines to Subordinate Judges to Maintain Professional Distance from Lawyers

In a recent directive aimed at preserving the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary, the Madras High Court has issued a set of guidelines to subordinate judges across Tamil Nadu, advising them to maintain a professional distance from lawyers practicing in their courts.

The circular, issued on April 18 by the High Court’s Registrar-General, specifically instructs judicial officers to avoid personal mobile contacts and closed-chamber meetings with advocates, except when necessary for addressing common issues and ensuring the smooth functioning of the courts in coordination with the Bar Association office bearers.

The advisory underscores the importance of judicial officers being constantly aware that they are under public scrutiny. It emphasizes that their actions must always reflect the dignity and esteem of their high office, avoiding any behavior that could be perceived as unbecoming.

Judicial officers are urged to adhere strictly to judicial ethics, focusing on conduct that reinforces public trust in the judiciary’s fairness and impartiality. This move by the High Court comes as part of ongoing efforts to enhance transparency and reduce the potential for biases that may arise from personal interactions with legal practitioners.

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