Don't use ' Your Honour', this term is suitable for US, Magisterial Court: CJI Bobde


Chief Justice of India S.A. Bobde ( Picture Source - The Indian Express)


The Supreme Court on Tuesday objected to using the term 'Your Honour' to a law student, who was appearing as a party in person. "When you call us Your Honour, you either have the Supreme Court of United States or the Magistrate in mind," a bench headed by Chief Justice S. A. Bobde comprised of Justice A.S. Bopanna and V Ramasubramaniam told to the petitioner Shrikant Prasad.


The petitioner quickly apologized without any concern. He further said that he will use "My Lords"." Whatever. We are not particular what you call us. But don't use incorrect terms," The CJI replied. The CJI clarified that the term 'Your Honour ' can be used in the US Supreme Court and the Indian magisterial court but the apex court of India.


The plea was seeking to the fill-up of vacancies in the subordinate judiciary. The bench took the matter in cognizance and then went on to adjourn the matter by four weeks. Justice Ramasubramaniam told the petitioner that you have not done your "homework properly" before approaching the court. He pointed out that the appointments in the subordinated judiciary are done as per the time frame set in the Malik Mazhar Sultan case. The pending case titled Malik Mazhar Sultan vs UPSC is based on the same subject and the SC has already issued directions to the Center and state governments.

The Bar Council of India considered the matter and requested lawyers to address the Honourable Judges of various High Courts and Supreme Court as "My Lord" or "Your Lordship" or "Honourable Court" while lawyers of Subordinate Courts Tribunals and other Forums may address the Court as "Your Honour" or " Sir" or equivalent word in respective regional language.


Earlier, in 2014 a bench headed by the then CJI H.L. Dattu, comprised of Justice Bobde ruled that it is not compulsory to call them " "My Lord", " Your Lordship" or " Your Honour". But in August 2020 this matter came into the limelight when a lawyer addressed CJI Bobde as "Your Honour". CJI Bobde took objection to this particular term.

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