Non Legal Practitioners can represent Consumers before Fora – Supreme Court

A   three- Judge bench of the SC in a recent ruling said that that the privilege of advocates to represent the consumer in the District, state and national Fora is not a matter of right. It was for the court to carefully discern and articulate the legislative intent of an act.  . The legislature conferred this permission to authorised agents as most of the cases in consumer forums being petty litigation’s sans legal intricacies, involving poor litigants who cannot afford heavy professional fees to advocates. In the appeals filed by G.Venkatachalam  and Bar council of India  against  a Bombay High Court Judgment, the basic issue considered was ‘ Whether  a person under the cover of being an “ agent”  could represent a large number of parties before the forums there by frustrating objects embodied in The Advocate’s Act.?’

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