Advocate Shailendra Mani seeks exemption from black clothes for practicing lawyers in the HCs and the SC

Advocate Shailendra Mani Tripathi has filed a Writ Petition in the Supreme Court to exempt lawyers from wearing black coats and black gowns in the summer months when appearing in various High Courts and the Supreme Court.

He also sought in his petition to urge the various State Bar Councils to amend their rules and allow exemption from black clothing, based on that particular State’s summer months.

Advocate Tripathi gave various reasons for the Supreme Court to consider the exemption of black clothing during summer months—
• Countries like the United Kingdom had in place clothing relaxation based on the effect of heat.
• Advocate Shailendra Mani then also highlighted the very practical problem of not being able to remove the black coats when moving to and fro between various High Courts or District Courts, as unavoidably there are many case files which one carries and therefore it is not always possible to remove one’s black coats and carry them.
• Not all advocates could afford to travel in air-conditioned vehicles, and the black clothes aggravate the effect of heat.
• Productivity is impacted due to the effect of heat, and it also adds to irritable behaviour in lawyers.
• Furthermore, the black coats in which one sweats cause an ‘unnecessary economic burden’ as they regularly require dry-cleaning or washing—again these things are not good for the productivity of the lawyers.

The case title is Shailendra Mani Tripathi v. Bar Council of India & Ors., with the case number W.P.(C) No. 000884 – / 2021.

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