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Uttarakhand High Court Asks Government for Relocation

  • 13 May 2024
  • 2 min read

Why in News?

The Uttarakhand High Court has directed the Uttarakhand State Government to locate a new site for moving its operations out of Nainital within a month, stating that this move is in the best interest of the public.

Key Points

  • The court also directed the Registrar General to create a portal to take suggestions from advocates and the general public on the issue.
  • On the state government's earlier proposal for shifting the High Court to Gaulapar in Haldwani, the high court observed that the land earmarked for the purpose had 75% forest cover and construction in the area would lead to deforestation.
    • The high court also made a few recommendations for the kind of land required for its relocation and facilities, including proper accommodation for judges, judicial officers, staff and court rooms.
    • The high court's decision to shift its premises has drawn a lot of resistance by the bar association.

Bar Council of India

  • About:
    • The Bar Council of India is a statutory body created by Parliament under the Advocates Act, 1961 to regulate and represent the Indian bar.
  • Regulatory Functions:
    • Prescribing standards of professional conduct and etiquette for advocates.
    • Establishing procedures for disciplinary actions.
    • Setting standards for legal education in India and recognizing qualifying law degrees.
  • Other Responsibilities:
    • Protecting the rights, privileges, and interests of advocates.
    • Organising legal aid for the underprivileged.
    • Conducting elections for Bar Council members.
    • To deal with and dispose of any matter which may be referred to it by a State Bar Council.
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