Judges of the Supreme Court cannot be addressed as “Your Honour”

On September 28th, 2019, the Chairman of the Bar Council of India, senior advocate Manan Kumar Mishra, had issued a statement that a resolution was made to address judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts as “My Lord” or “Your Lordships” or “Hon’ble Court.”

The resolution also mentioned that judicial officers of subordinate courts, tribunals and other forums would be addressed as “Your Honour” or “Sir” or the equivalent word in respective regional languages.

During a virtual meeting, on Wednesday, a law student, Shrikant Prasad, introduced himself and went on to address the Bench as “Your Honour” while making his submissions.

The Bench consisting of Chief Justice S A Bobde and Justice A S Bopanna and Justice V Ramasubramanian stated that when Judges are addressed as ‘Your Honour’ it appears that the lawyer has the US Supreme Court in mind.

The bench told him that in the US Supreme Court and in the magisterial court in India, the court can be addressed as “Your honour” but not in Indian Supreme Court.

He immediately apologised to the bench and said that he would address the court as “Your Lordship”.

To this, CJI SA Bobde said that lawyers can address the judges with respect according to Indian standards but cannot use inappropriate terms.

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