The Rajasthan High Court on Monday issued a public notice to put an end to the practice of addressing judges as “My Lord” and “Your Lordship”.Also Read - Delhi Govt Withdraws Order Reserving 100 Rooms at Ashoka Hotel for HC Judges, Judicial Officers
“To honour the mandate of equality enshrined in the Constitution of India, the Full Court in its meeting dated July 14 has unanimously resolved to request the counsels and those who appear before the court to desist from addressing the judges as ‘My Lord’ and ‘Your Lordship’,” said the notice. Also Read - Schools Should Charge 70% of Total Fees During COVID Period, Rules Rajasthan High Court
The Supreme Court had made similar remarks earlier in 2014 while hearing a PIL seeking prohibition on the usage of such terms to address judges. Also Read - Rajasthan Chief Justice is COVID-19 Positive, Tweets Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot
A bench of Justices HL Dattu and SA Bobde then observed that it was not compulsory to address the court as “My Lord”, “Your Lordship” or even “Your Honour”.
The bench, however, had rejected the plea saying that it could not direct lawyers on how to address the court.