Madras HC Directs State to Devise a Scheme for Allocating Rental Houses to Young Lawyers

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Tanya Gupta

Published on: March 23, 2022 at 17:20 IST

The State is directed by the Madras High Court to devise a Scheme regarding the Allocation of Houses to Young Lawyers on Rent in Consultation with the State Bar Council.

Justice Krishnan Ramasamy passed an Order concerning the Financial Crisis faced by Young Lawyers during their Initial Years of Practice.

The Court noted that Young Lawyers in the Initial Years of Practice belong to the Irregular Income Groups, so even though they have Mastered their Law Degree, they have a hard time meeting their Financial Needs.

A Petition was filed by an Advocate who was Enrolled in 1987 and despite Serving as a President of Madurai District Consumer Redressal Forum and having completed 35 years of Legal Practice could not own a Home.

The Petitioner requested the Respondent to Allocate him a Rental House under the Public Quota.

The Court noted the fact that he was a Practicing Lawyer over the Age of 60 and has Disposed of Numerous Cases and determined that he is Entitled to seek a Rental Housing under the Public Quota.

The Sigle-Judge also highlighted that an Advocate’s Role is as Important as that of a Judge.

“An Advocate is a Court Officer who performs Public Law Functions such as providing Needy Litigants with Access to Justice.” He is also responsible for ensuring that the Administration of Justice proceeds Unhindered,” the Court noted.

Taking note of the plight of many Young Low-Income Lawyers, the Court thought that setting a specific Public Quota for the Lawyers for Rental Accommodation will be appropriate.

The Respondents were directed to make a decision within 8 Weeks and consider the Representation of the Petitioner based on Merit.

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