Filing Complaints

 

RULES RELATING TO COMPLAINTS TO BE FILED U/S 35 OF THE ADVOCATES ACT, 1961.

 

S. 35. Punishment of advocates for misconduct.- (1) Where on receipt of a complaint or otherwise a State Bar Council has reason to believe that any advocate on its roll has been guilty of professional or other misconduct, it shall refer the case for disposal to its disciplinary committee.

3*[(1A) The State Bar Council may, either of its own motion or on application made to it by any person interested, withdraw a proceeding pending before its disciplinary committee and direct the inquiry to be made by any other disciplinary committee of that State Bar Council.]

(2) The disciplinary committee of a State Bar Council 4*** shall fix a date for the hearing of the case and shall cause a notice thereof to be given to the advocate concerned and to the Advocate-General of the State.

(3) The disciplinary committee of a State Bar Council after giving the advocate concerned and the Advocate-General an opportunity of being heard, may make any of the following orders, namely:--

(a) dismiss the complaint or, where the proceedings were initiated at the instance of the State Bar Council, direct that the proceedings be filed;

(b) reprimand the advocate;

(c) suspend the advocate from practice for such period as it may deem fit;

(d) remove the name of the advocate from the State roll of advocates.

(4) Where an advocate is suspended from practice under clause (c) of sub-section (3), he shall, during the period of suspension, be debarred from practicing in any court or before any authority or person in India.

(5) Where any notice is issued to the Advocate-General under subsection

(2), the Advocate-General may appear before the disciplinary committee of the State Bar Council either in person or through any advocate appearing on his behalf.

1*[Explanation.--In this section, 2*[section 37 and section 38], the expressions "Advocate-General" and "Advocate-General of the State" shall, in relation to the Union territory of Delhi, mean the Additional Solicitor General of India.]

 

1. A complaint against as an advocate shall be in the form of a petition duly signed and verified as required under the Code of Civil Procedure.

2. The complaint shall be in English. If the complaint is not in English, a true translation thereof in English shall be also be filed.

3. 30 copies of the complaint, certified to be true copies by the complainant/petitioner, shall be field. If there are more than one Respondent/ Counter Petitioner, such number of additional copies of The complaint shall be filed.

4. The name and place of practice of the Respondent/ Counter Petitioner shall be given in the complaint.

5. Every complaint shall be accompanied by a Bank Receipt (Counter- foil of the pay-in slip) evidencing payment of complaint fee of Rs.1250/- to the credit of the Bar Council of Kerala, Ernakulam, in any one of the following banks.

1) Union Bank of India, Marine Drive Branch (Opp. High Court), Ernakulam : a/c No.6217

2) Dhanalakshmi Bank, Bar Council Branch Bar Council Building, Ernakulam : a/c No.165.1.22

The complaint fee will be accepted by way of DD drawn in favour of the Bar Council of Kerala, payable at Ernakulam.

6. Every complaint shall be verified and signed as follows:

"Verification"
All the facts stated above are true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief".


Signature of the Complainant


 

 Model form of Complaint

BEFORE THE BAR COUNCIL OF KERALA

Complaint No.CP/ /2007



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Complaint under Section 35 of the Advocates' Act



(Complaint)

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Verification

All the facts stated above are true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief.
 




Signature of the complainant

  

Complaint fee-

250/