Bar Council of India: Code of Ethics

This Code provides a general guide for ethical standards to be adhered to by members of the Indian Bar, whether practising individually or as a law firm and whether engaged in litigation or transactional or corporate work. It was written by Gopal Subramanium in 2010 during his tenure as Chairman of the Bar Council of India, a position he held between 2010-2011.

  • The first section concerns an advocate's duty in connection with briefs and the obligations they are under.
  • The second section discusses an advocate's duty to the court, including presentation before the court and misleading statements.
  • The third section concerns the advocate's duty to their clients, detailing issues such as confidentiality, conflicts of interest and remuneration. 
  • Subsequent sections discuss an advocate's duty to their opponent, their duty to impart training and their duty to render legal aid.
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