A notice is on the way to the Gazette, the publication of which will make such forms of address in Indian courts as ‘My Lord’ or ‘Your Lordship’ history, the Bar Council of India announced today. The rule shall come into force from the date of publication in the Official Gazette. “The words ‘My Lord and ‘Your Lordship’ are relics of colonial Past,” Council Chairman Jagannath Patnaik said, citing a resolution adopted on February 11.
The new form of address in courts: ‘Your Honour’ or ‘Hon’ble Court’ in Supreme Court and High Courts and ‘Sir’ or an equivalent word in respective regional language in lower courts or tribunals.
This will be “consistent with the obligation of the Bar to show a respectful attitude towards the court and bearing in mind the dignity of judicial office.”