Introduction : 

                   According to Section 29 to 34 of the Advocate Act, 1961, practice of advocate is Right. Section 23 of the Advocates Act, 1961 lays down  provisions for the right of pre-audience. 


 

Meaning Pre-audience

                  Dictionary meaning of  Right of Pre-audience, pre-audience means right to be heard before another is heard. 

Right of pre-audience under the Advocate Act :

 (1) The Attorney-General of India shall have pre-audience over all other advocates.

(2) Subject to the provisions of sub-section (1), the Solicitor- General of India shall have pre-audience over all other advocates.

(3) Subject to the provisions of sub-sections (1) and (2), the Additional Solicitor-General of India shall have pre-audience over all other advocates.

(3A) Subject to the provisions of sub-sections (1), (2) and (3), the second Additional Solicitor-General of India shall have pre-audience over all other advocates.

(4) Subject to the provisions of sub-sections (1), (2), (3) and (3A), the Advocate-General of any State shall have pre-audience over all other advocates, and the right of pre-audience among Advocates-General inter se shall be determined by their respective seniority.

(5) Subject as aforesaid —

             (i) senior advocates shall have pre-audience over other advocates; and

            (ii) the right of pre-audience of senior advocates inter se shall be determined by their respective seniority.

  
See also 

1) Right to Practice under the Advocates Act, 1961

2) Composition and Functions of District Legal Services Authority

3)  Powers of disciplinary committee under the Advocates Act, 1961

4) The Constitution and Functions of a State Bar Council under Advocate Act 1961

5) Qualification for the Admission and the Enrollment as an Advocate under the Advocate Act 1961

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