Cuttack: Courts across the state including the Orissa High Court and lower courts at sub division and block levels could not function on Friday owing to the state wide cease work stir by lawyers protesting the amendments proposed by Law Commission in the Advocate Bill.
Lawyers across the country have been upset with Law Commission ignoring the recommendations by the Bar Council of India and coming up with a proposal wherein lawyers are barred to hold agitation and rather would need to compensate the litigants on calling for cease work stirs.
The proposed amendment to the 1961 Advocate Law has been opposed by Bar Associations across the country. Lawyers across the country had called for a strike on March 31 in which the Odisha State Bar Association had taken part. The lawyers in the state had also called for cease work on April 3. This is the third time in the state that lawyers have shown strong opposition to the proposal of amendment by Law Commission.
A significant meeting will also be held on April 22 with members of various Bar Councils, High Court Bar Association, Supreme Court Bar Association to attend.