Lawyer of the Year 2021 Award

This Award was instituted by the High Court to encourage lawyers practising in the District Courts in the age group of 30-40 years to adhere to ethical principles by resisting the temptations of short cuts to progress in the profession. The idea was to identify lawyers committed to staying the entire course of the case till its disposal by participating fully at every stage of the trial. The draft scheme was circulated on 28th April, 2022 to the District Court Bar Associations and outlying stations for their comments and suggestions. The final ‘Scheme for promising lawyer of the year’ was announced on 19th May, 2022 by the High Court after approval by the Full Court. (Appendix-K)

The lawyers in each District (including the outlying stations in the District) were selected on the basis of their work for the entire calendar year of 2021 evaluated by the jury consisting of the District Judge, the Chief Judicial Magistrate and 3 Senior Members of the Bar from the respective districts having experience of 20 years or more. The criteria for selection were the number of cases handled by the lawyer independently during a year

and the number of judgments and final orders in contested cases handled independently by the lawyer. It was also stipulated that the lawyer should have conducted at least one civil or criminal trial independently during the year.

The Committee of judges of the High Court, constituted by the Chief Justice, examined the recommendations of the jury in each district and placed its views before the Chief Justice. Through this process, one lawyer each from 22 districts was found suitable to be bestowed with the ‘Lawyer of the year’ award 2021.

On the Foundation Day of the High Court on 26th July, 2022, the award, comprising a certificate, a memento, and a collection of books worth Rs,10,000/- was presented to the 22 lawyers in the presence of the Chief Justice and Judges of the High Court and Shri Gopal Subramanium, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India and former Solicitor General of India and former Chairman, Bar Council of India. Shri Subramanium delivered a keynote address on the occasion.

Shri Gopal Subramanium, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India delivering the keynote address. (Right) The Chief Justice felicitating a lawyer

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The 22 Lawyers of the Year 2021 with the Chief Justice and Judges on 26th July, 2022

Winners of the Lawyer of the Year 2021 Award