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.”
someone inform the bollywood as well 😛
Interesting point 😉
what’s wrong with “your lordship” is it too formal? too much respect?? 🙂 Or they find the judges not to be close to being a “lord”? 🙂
As stated above “The words â€˜My Lord and â€˜Your Lordshipâ€™ are relics of colonial Past”.
And the words “Your Honour” are enough to show respect 🙂
hmm.. i guess i saw this news as one of the headlines in today’s or y’days newspaper.. but didn’t get to read it fully..
now i know why they mentioned it 🙂
krishnendu majumdar says
Being a lawyer myself I am sure that most of the lawyers would not be able to get rid of the habit of using My Lord in courts because it has almost become a part of speech…I welcome the change which is a sure sign freedom from colonial mentality…