The Shahdara Bar Association (SBA) of Delhi recently approved a resolution dictating a dress code for
law interns, but the Delhi High Court on Thursday halted it.
On November 24, the SBA issued a resolution prohibiting interns from dressing in black coats in Delhi’s
Karkardooma courts. They had to dress differently from lawyers, which meant they had to wear a white
shirt, a blue coat, and blue pants.
Hardik Kapoor, a second-year law student contested this before the High Court.
Justice Prathiba M. Singh, a single-judge, asked that the Bar Council of Delhi call a conference of all bar
associations in the city and other concerned parties to decide on the appropriate uniform for law
A request has also been made for the Bar Council of India (BCI) to attend the conference.
“Considering the large number of interns, a uniform policy ought to be arrived at with the consent of all
stakeholders. A consistent uniform should be prescribed because if different associations prescribe
different uniforms then the interns will be inconvenienced,” the Court told.
In its resolution, the SBA stated that if interns don’t follow the suggested dress code, they won’t be
allowed to attend court.
Ujwal Ghai, Shivek Rai Kapoor, Sanchit Saini, and Arpit Sharma were the advocates who submitted the
The plea contends that the contested circular would place an unreasonable financial burden on interns
who are already working for little or no pay.