Complaining against an Advocate

Last updated on Jun 21, 2022

Complaints against an advocate can be with regard to professional or other misconduct by the advocate.(( Section 35, Advocates Act, 1961)) Actions that qualify as ‘misconduct’ cannot be defined with an exhaustive list. What should be kept in mind is the nobility of the job of an advocate, and the high standard that is expected of advocates by society.(( Noratanmal Chouraria v. MR Murali & Another, Civil Appeal 5476 of 1999)) Instances that are not explicitly mentioned in the law have led to disciplinary actions in the past, such as when an advocate tried to assault a client with a knife.(( Hikmat Ali Khan v. Ishwar Prasad Arya, 1997 (3) SC 131))

Forum to Complain

The State Bar Council is the appropriate forum to lodge a complaint against an advocate.(( Section 35(1), Advocates Act, 1961)) Upon receiving a complaint, or on its own motion, the State Bar Council can refer a case of misconduct to one of its Disciplinary Committees.(( Section 35(1);Section 35 (1A), Advocates Act, 1961))

Further, the disciplinary committee of the Bar Council of India also has the power to withdraw any pending proceeding from the State Bar Council and attend to the matter.(( Section 36(2), Advocates Act, 1961))

If a case has been pending before the State Bar Council for more than a year since the receipt of complaint, the case shall be transferred to the Bar Council of India.(( Section 36B (1), Advocates Act, 1961)) If a person is not satisfied with the decision of the State Bar Council, they have the right to appeal to the Bar Council of India within 60 days of the communication of the decision.(( Section 37(1), Advocates Act, 1961)) If the person is still aggrieved by the decision of the Bar Council of India, they can approach the Supreme Court within 60 days of the communication of the decision.(( Section 38, Advocates Act, 1961))

 Procedure to complain

State Bar Councils accept complaints against an advocate in the form of a petition, duly signed and verified. If you want to find the format, you can approach your State Bar Council which will have a prescribed standard format of complaint, along with the fees. Additionally, formats used can include languages such as English, Hindi or the language of the respective State. (( Rule 1, Chapter 1, Part VII, Bar Council of India Rules, 1975))

After a person submits the complaint, the Disciplinary Committee of the State Bar Council will inquire into the matter.

Punishing an Advocate

When a complaint has been made against an advocate, the Disciplinary Committee of the State Bar Council will give an opportunity for the advocate to defend themself. Further, the Advocate General of the State will also be present during the inquiry. After the inquiry, the Committee will either:

  1. Reprimand the advocate;
  2. Suspend the advocate for the time being;
  3. Remove the advocate’s name from the State roll;
  4. Dismiss the complaint.(( Section 35, Advocates Act, 1961))

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Harshal Kakade

August 7, 2022

Complaining against an Advocate


October 12, 2023

நான் ஒரு டிரைவர் லாரி டிரைவர் என்னால் ஒரு விபத்து ஏற்பட்டது அதில் ஒரு வயதான அம்மா இறந்து விட்டார்கள் ஒரு வழக்கறிஞரை நான் வாதாடுவதற்கு அமர்த்தினேன் அவர் எனக்கு தண்டனையும் ஆயிரம் ரூபாய் அபதாரமும் வாங்கி கொடுத்தார் அதன் பின்பு நான் வேறு ஒரு வழக்கறிஞர் வழக்கறிஞரை அவரிடம் என்னுடைய கேசை முப்படைத்தேன் அவரிடம் தயிர ரூபாய் பணம் கேட்டார் நான் அதையும் கொடுத்தேன் அவர் தேவைப்படும்போதெல்லாம் பணம் கேட்டார் நான் கொடுத்தேன் ஆனால் எனக்கு தீர்ப்பு எனக்கு சாதகமாக வரவில்லை எனக்கு ஆயிரம் ரூபாய் அபதாரமும் ஒன்றரை வருடம் தண்டனையும் ஜெயில் தண்டனையும் வாங்கி கொடுத்தார் இப்போ அதே வழக்கறிஞர் எனக்கு பத்தாயிரம் பணம் கொடு மறுபடியும் வாதாடி உனக்கு சாதகமாக தீர்ப்பு வாதாடுகிறேன் என்று கூறி எங்களிடம் காசு கேட்டு எங்களை தொந்தரவு படுத்துகிறார் நாங்கள் மிகவும் மன உளைச்சலுக்கு மிகவும் ஆளாகி விட்டோம் இதைப் பற்றி கேட்பதற்கு யாருமே இல்லையா எங்களுக்கு உதவி பண்றதுக்கு யாருமே இல்லையா நாங்கள் நடுத்தர மக்கள்

Aditya Prakash Deshpande

January 20, 2024

I had filed a divorce case more than 3 years ago. My lawyer has been most inactive. She has not filed an application for visitation despite multiple requests. I haven’t met my only son since June 2020. Now she is advising me to withdraw the case because I cannot pay for maintenance. I have bipolar disorder & have been jobless for over a year. If I cannot trust my lawyer, I don’t know what to do anymore.

Alka Manral

May 30, 2024

Divorce matters can be lengthy and time-consuming, yet, if your lawyer is non-receptive and inactive you may
firstly, change the lawyer after getting a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the current lawyer and mentioning it to the court
or you can get help from the District Legal Services Authority for engaging a lawyer for free (subject to eligibility criteria).
In case of grave situations, you may complain against your lawyer to the State Bar Council.

Furthermore, to minimise legal complexities, Section 13 of the Family Courts Act, 1984 allows parties to appear before to court themselves.

Shamim Bano

September 10, 2022

I had an advocate as my tenant from 2017.Being away from home ,this advocate was occupying my first floor,least bothered maintain the property.Even after the expiry of agreement he continued to stay in my house,violating the terms and conditions of the agreement.Now he has vacated my property after defacing it.He has also taken away the advance amount without paying the due charges.I am an elderly lady,.I am alone with my differently abled son.Please guide me as to how to deal with this.


September 19, 2022

We’re sorry to hear about this untoward situation. Here is what you can do:

Firstly, document all the damage done to the premises and ascertain the monetary requirements for reverting the damages.

As a recourse a Legal Notice should be sent by your advocate on your behalf seeking recovery of advance amount and amount for fixing damages done to the property.

Further, a civil suit for recovery of damages caused to the property can be filed after due time is given to the tenant to repay the amount.

Note: Countersigned Rent Agreement with a stamp paper to verify the tenancy agreement and photographic evidence of damage caused to property by the tenant will be needed as valid proof to come to the suit.

v sathish

August 30, 2023

ஜெயங்கொண்டம் தாலுகா ஆண்டிமடம் வக்கீலாக பணி புரியும் திரு சிலம்பரசன் அவர்கள் வாரிசு வேலைக்கு வழக்கு பதிவு செய்து தருவேன் என்று இதுவரை மொத்த பணம் ரூபாய் 50,000 ஆயிரம் பெற்றுக்கொண்டு போன் மூலம் அழைப்புதல் கேட்டால் உன்னால் என்ன பண்ண முடியும் உன்னால் முடிந்ததை பாரு என்று தகாத முறையில் பதில் அளிக்கின்றார் ஆகையால் அவரை கனம் ஐயா அவர்கள் தீர்க்க விசாரிக்க வேண்டும் என்று மிகவும் பணிவுடன் கேட்டுக்கொள்கிறேன்


October 11, 2022



October 25, 2022

A complaint against an advocate has to be in the form of a petition. It has to be duly signed and verified as required under the Code of Civil Procedure. Every complaint shall be accompanied by the fees prescribed in the Bar Council of India Rules. The complaint can be filed in English or in Hindi or in a regional language where the language has been declared to be a state language.
After a person submits the complaint, the Disciplinary Committee of the State Bar Council will inquire into the matter. Once the Bar Council has referred the complaint to a Disciplinary Committee, the Registrar should expeditiously send a notice to the advocate. The notice will ask the concerned advocate to point out cause within a specified dateon the complaint made against him and to submit the statement of defence, documents, and affidavits in support of the defence. It will also further inform him that just in case of his non-appearance on the fixed date of hearing, the matter shall be heard and determined in his absence. An appearance usually includes the presence of an advocate or through a duly authorized representative.
Parties can appear face to face or through an advocate who should file a vakalatnama giving the name of the Bar Council, his residential address, phone number if any, and his address for service of notices.
The disciplinary committee of a State Bar Council has the power to reprimand, suspend for any specific period or remove the name of the advocate from the State roll of advocates


November 21, 2022

Hello,I am looking for information on how to contact the proper persons to report possible wrong doing by an Advocate lawyer in India.My family in Canada are dealing with the son of this Advocate.The son is wanted in India & has an arrest warrant issued. He has been helped to leave India on two different times & has had his passport taken by the Embassy of India in Canada. This person has given false & misleading information to our Immigration & Border Security. He has stated that he had an unfair trial in India & sentenced in India in a language he does not understand. He had put an appeal in but did not mention this to the courts if India. But his Father the. Advocate did pay & arrange a lawyer to represent his son & the Fathers main language is the same as used in India. This was all done to help here in Canada. The appeal went to the higher court & sentence was up help. The person in question was removed from jail after a large bail bond was paid & he was taken out & shortly after he left India & returned to Canada. There is much more,I need to talk with someone with authority

Kp singh

June 17, 2023

I am simple person living in small town of who was repairing my house .some neighbours out of jealousy have given money to advocate to file a complaint with City magistrate and getting stay issued and repair work is stopped.
How can complaint against advocate for filing false complaint without verification and causing me harrasment .


August 10, 2023

I am a senior citizen lady and have been financially cheated by my advocate. He wrote me several invoices for legal procedures that were neither necssary nor did he really execute and has taken away all my savings. I plan to complain about him to the Bar Council.
Can enybody help with the format/template of the petition one must write in order to have this complaint addressed by the Bar Council of Delhi.
I will be very grateful.


August 17, 2023

what action to be taken against a advocate who is appearing for complainanat and respondent


September 14, 2023

Self harassed from advocate as he is demand money for file recovered, in connection said advocate disconnected the case on issued notice to me last one year, get me advice as suggestions please…


November 27, 2023

How complaint against cheated advocate to online

Niranjan Ambadas Borhade

December 15, 2023

I have a case in family court, the counsel of the opposite side is changing the date I took indirectly and without informing me and not giving me any idea about it so I cannot attend the date, the counsel of the opposite side is deliberately acting to make me suffer, so I want to complain against them


December 17, 2023

என் கணவனின் சொத்தை எப்படியாவது எடுக்க வேண்டும் எண்று என் கணவனின் தங்கை அட்வகேட் அவரின் அம்மா அப்பா மூலம் ஏவி என்னை கஷ்டப்படுத்துகிறார் நான் ஒரு மீனவ சமுதாயத்தை சார்ந்த பெண் என் ஜாதியை கேவல படுத்தி அசிங்கமா கூறுகிறார்

प्रविण अशोक रोकडे

March 27, 2024

आम्ही एका व्यक्तीला आमची जमीन विकली
व त्याला खरेदी ही दिली.
त्याने खरेदीच्या वेळी आम्हाला चेक दिले आम्ही
ते चेक बऱ्यादा बँकेत जमा केले.पण ते बाऊन्स
झाले.मग आम्ही पुढे कोर्टात केस केली आम्हाला
वाटत की एक किंवा तीन वर्ष लागतील.पण आमच्या केसला पूर्ण दहा वर्ष लागले. व निर्णय
आरोपीच्या बाजूने लागला.आम्ही आमच्या वकिलाला विचारले की बाबा असे कसे झाले
वकील सरळ आम्हाला म्हणतो.की मला विचारू नका.करू करायचं ते करा.परत माझ्याकडे येऊ नका…
Please ह्या पद्दल आम्हाला काही मदत होईल का?
आमचं पूर्ण आयुष ह्या केसवर अवलंबून होत
आम्हाला असे वाटत आहे की आमच्या आयुष्याची
रूपरेषा कधी चांगली होणार नाही…
आम्ही खचून गेलो

sd md

April 30, 2024

my advocate not file IA counter file ,nor he informed me what other party Putted the IA on me, after an year i got to know from mobile in e-court application, since from last one year my advocate not file counter file, if in next date of hearing if my advocate still not file the counter file it will be forfeit. when i ask him why you were not informed me about the IA putted by other party , he is not answered my questions, till now why you were not counter file about that IA’s still he is not answered. after continuous asking with him he said my wish to counter the file or not.
what action taken against him ?

J.D Raj

May 1, 2024

im husband and i have enrolled my wife in legal profession as lawyer and paid fee for bar council transfer of bar admission to my state. Actually her education is totally differ to this lawyer – advocate profession. From last 3 years she is mentally disturb with other things and recently she joined practice under senior and taking differ wrong advice from them and experimenting on me and my daughters life emotionally blackmailing against property and other things, now she left house and staying out and kept complaint on my 498-A, 406 323 IPC, 3,4 DPA / basically im from HRC to my state V.C – can i call her to HRC court and show her previous misbehavior and written notes which can prove she is mentally disturb.

Alka Manral

May 31, 2024

If there are ongoing cases on Section 498-A, 406, 323 IPC, 3, 4 DPA in a particular case. One cannot file another claim in a different court to prove legal insanity. However, the defence can be claimed and proven for the same, in the court where the proceedings are ongoing.

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