According to the World Bank report, India ranks 130 out of 190 countries in the ease of doing business. In spite of being a leading developing economy in the present scenario, we rank behind due to the difficulty and problems caused to the litigants on the account of strike by the lawyers resulting in the obstruction of justice.
In a meeting held between the Supreme Court and the high ranking government officials including PMO’s office and secretaries from the different ministries, the emphasis was laid on setting up an independent body and need to review to regulate the legal professional ethics instead of it being regulated by an elected body of the bar in order to improve the country’s global position in the enforcement of business contracts. In a presentation during the meeting, the Department of Justice pointed out that India is lacking behind in the enforcement of contract parameters due to the unsatisfactory legal professional ethics system existing in the country.
Various reports were submitted by the Law Commission of India which suggested for the punitive action against the lawyers going on strike and to introduce a mechanism for feedback by clients on advocates. In addition, the focus was laid upon to strengthen the framework to provide free legal aid to the poor.
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