As the Bombay High Court has promulgated an SOP mandating physical appearances in all subordinate courts and full-strength attendance in two shifts daily from 1st December, many lawyers are perplexed. Raju Z. Moray gives a poetic voice to their concerns.



If this is not plain crazy

It certainly seems whimsical

After hyping up the Virtual

We are going back to Physical


To improve some statistics

And to prevent the likely rifts

Wise Milords have ordained

Let’s now work in two shifts


SOPs are comprehensive

And rules must not be bent

Attendance in all the courts

Must now be 100 percent


Never mind the hardships

Or extensions of lockdown

Please be there on time

And don’t forget your gown


Yes, we know you still cannot

Travel as you desire by train

But we have gone by feelings

Not wishing to tax the brain


If you cannot make it on time

Don’t mention cases out of turn

No harm will be caused at all

We are sitting just to adjourn


Then why take the trouble to sit

Someone may quite logically ask

Justice must appear to be done

And that is a Herculean task.


(Raju Z Moray is an advocate who practices law in the Bombay High Court when not puncturing bloated egos. He is the creator of ‘Gobble D. Gook’, his alter-ego, who figured in the ‘Court Jester’ columns of ‘The Lawyers’.)

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