Allahabad HC issues contempt notice on online sites doing advertising and soliciting for lawyers

Allahabad high court’s Lucknow bench had issued a contempt note on online portals which carries out advertising for the lawyers in the light of strict instructions from the High Court to refrain from such activities. The advertisement and solicitation of the work done by the lawyers are prohibited under Rule 36 and 37 of the Code of Ethics of the Bar council of India framed under the Advocate’s Act of 1961.

Justice Abdul Moin was directing it in a contempt petition filed by lawyer Yash Bhardwaj. It had made orders to make interim restrictions for online portals like ‘myadvo’, ‘justdial’, ‘lawrato’ etc., from soliciting work for lawyers while considering a writ petition titled Yash Bharadwaj vs Union of India, Writ petition no. 23328/2018 .

This act by a group of lawyers according to the petitioners degrades the integrity of the entire community of lawyers in front of the public. The petitioners were represented by Advocates Sagar Singh and Rahul Kumar.

The Bar Council of India had informed that a five members committee was made to examine complaints of the petitioner. Rule 49 of the Code of Ethics formulated under section 49(1)(c) of the Act has prohibited the practice of the lawyers who are employees of that site as even the sharing of remuneration or any such arrangement is violative of rule 2 under section 49(1) of the Act.