Practicing lawyers are now shackled in doldrums because of Covid-19.

No aorta of doubt that the advocates are trying very hard to muffle up themselves into the new season brought by the Covid-19.


Advocate,  Shahnaz Islam

Lawyer's dilemma doesn't ease even after the aftermath of the unlock condition prevailing at the state while it tries to catch fire of sufferings and loss of hopes over the profession. Most of the practicing lawyers are into the ether of darkness and out of dearth of luminiferous in their lives. The situation here is no less than a desert not only the advocacy profession but almost all sectors are facing vicious lore – no service, no money because of the novel coronavirus. The whole mankind and the securing the necessities of life have drowned in its pace. Everything seemed to freeze and no movement.

Unfortunately the ferocious Covid-19 is a bizarre storm in the lives of every individual no matter whom we are by wealth or in identity. This many numbers i.e.24000 of lawyers under the Bar Council of Assam, Nagaland, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim out of which 5000 newcomers have suffered badly for Covid-19 Pandemic in the state. Every profession or businesses are at verge of slippage. The Novel Coronavirus has dampened the Bar Association and risks the lives of lawyers and prevailing tenebrous life of the shell. The place and the desks over here, once known for its busyness and over populated with the masses of advocates is now calmed by the ill-fated and it was the sole place of worship where umpteen pieces of all advocates from various districts celebrated here their advocacy life and they earned their daily bread is now terribly suffering to sustain each single day for their livelihood.

This advocacy profession is so stately and dignified in manner that an advocate himself can’t express his own penury state open up like a needy or an indigent person does.  The stale lives will kill the advocates, before the virus reaches them. The Gauhati High Court Bar Association (GHCBA) in representation of Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court appealing for the reopening of physical courts and their functioning to the fulfilment. But the prayers were unanswered and the things grooved under only the control of Covid-19.

 Hafiz Rashid Ahmed Choudhury, the Chairman of the Bar Council of Assam, Nagaland, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim manifested his downcast thoughts and all the pains and miseries that the entire fraternity is facing due the pandemic surge. Nothing but all are helpless and only craving for the tints of amber soon touches in everyone’s lives. His contributions towards the lawyers welfare is always heartfelt and carries a pouch of ardour for all in his own tremendous way. On 13.08.2020 when he set a sit-in-demonstration requesting for the utmost resumption of Physical Court sooner for the help of the lawyers; his act cherished the whole fraternity.

Article 267 of the Constitution of India proudly states that the Parliament and State Legislatures to establish a contingency fund in order to meet “unforeseen expenditure” but why then PM CARES fund which has over Rs 9,677.9 crore is still virgin in its silk linen treasuries and untouched for the grant of relief deliver for mitigating the hardships of the advocates. Meanwhile, several state bar councils have tapped their coffers to help the enrolled advocates with a share of pity amount of 5000 rupees. But how far these 5000 rupees will serve their necessities?

Prolong to the crises of the advocates keeps mushrooming day by day because of no regular physical court functioning and unable to equilibrium the expectations of this profession; because of the enroute of the lawyers and their clients has grown apertures. Desired networking and infrastructure is broken and damaged due to Covid-19. Clients are unable to reach their lawyers fondly with the failure of new adaptability around the province these days. This not only created a havoc scenario but also lacked and declined copious number of cases in the court.

Previously the high court was hearing 500 cases per day in its 20 courts respectively; now the ratio is only 30 to 40 cases daily. The income of the lawyers in lower courts basically runs through filing of fresh cases and hearing matters but due to shut down of courts, days are becoming very crucial and merciless. Moreover the matter taking over the video conference is too time consuming, not very portable and not very well to do connectivity of the internet. No aorta of doubt that the advocates are trying very hard to muffle up themselves into the new season brought by the Covid-19.

The thought of suffering itself shreds the heart apart but it also provides to acquire the greatest lesson of one’s life that “it is the only hardships that makes a man worth living his life”. If everything was so easy just like sipping a cup of latte then what would have contributed to the meaning of a life? The changes or how the Covid-19 has reshuffled everyone’s life is a challenge to the whole humanity how to make their sustainability and also a blessing in disguise to reflect upon your deeds and accept this change and learn to grow by sculpting the courses of this giant change.  

Writer is (From Guwahati Club)  Advocate, Gauhati High Court


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