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  May 2016
  April 2016
Yes, "Your Honour"

The latest resolution passed by the Bar Association of Punjab & Haryana High Court with respect to addressing the Judges as "Sir" instead of "My Lord" or "Your Lordship" is a step in the right direction but taken too late. Pertinent to recall that in April 2006 the Bar Council of India (BCI) had passed a resolution which made advocates throughout the country shun the practice of using such colonial words. It is surprising why it took five long years for learned lawyers of the High Court to adopt the BCI resolution.

Though the BCI in pursuance of its resolution had amended its Rules through a Gazette notification incorporating the words "Your Honour" and "Hon'ble Court" for addressing Supreme Court and High Court judges and "Sir" or equivalent word in respective regional languages for judges of subordinate courts and tribunals, it is difficult to understand why this Bar Association has instead directed its members to use "Sir" for High Court judges. No doubt "Sir" commands due respect and dignity, but one must keep in mind that the judges of the High Court stand at a higher pedestal than lower judges.

The best way would be to use the words "Your Honour" or "Hon'ble Court" as contained in the amended BCI rules.

Hemant Kumar , Advocate

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