Chief Justice Chandrachud Ensures Comfort for Junior Lawyers During Court Proceedings

Chief Justice Chandrachud advocates for junior lawyers' comfort during court sessions, arranging stools for them behind Solicitor General Tushar Mehta.

Chief Justice DY Chandrachud made a compassionate intervention during a court session to address the discomfort experienced by junior lawyers standing behind Solicitor General Tushar Mehta. Noticing them laboring day after day with laptops in hand, the Chief Justice paused the proceedings to advocate for their comfort, as reported by NDTV.

"Mr. Solicitor, all our young juniors stand day after day, I have been noticing, with their laptops in their hand. In the afternoon, the court master will see if he can accommodate them behind you immediately," the Chief Justice conveyed to Mehta.

Mehta reciprocated the sentiment, informing the court that he had requested lawyers not involved in the case to vacate their seats for the junior lawyers.

"I just told the court master to find out if he can put some stools...we will try and put some stools," the Chief Justice added.

After the lunch break, a pleasant surprise awaited everyone in the courtroom: a row of stools had been arranged, transforming the standing space into a more accommodating environment for the junior lawyers.

Chandrachud personally oversaw the seating arrangements, even sitting on the stools himself to ensure their suitability, according to sources within the Supreme Court Registry as reported by NDTV.

"The Chief Justice is an epitome of generosity. Today's gesture is not only unprecedented but requires to be followed by all courts. A person sitting at the highest pedestal of judicial hierarchy being so exceptionally considerate to young lawyers' discomfort even without being told by anyone is salute-worthy," Mehta expressed.

"All young lawyers had no words to express gratitude today. I am overwhelmed," Mehta added.

CJI Chandrachud displayed this heartening gesture during the hearing on the issue of overlapping powers of the Centre and states in the production, manufacturing, supply, and regulation of industrial alcohol. A nine-judge bench headed by the CJI is examining the matter.