Bhubaneswar / Cuttack: Changes in Advocate Act Lawyers’ Launch Cease-Work against Amendments Advocates across Odisha boycotted courts in protest against the proposed changes in the Advocates Act, 1961, regarding the amendment which has been done without consulting any other members of the BCI and State bodies, The proposals made by Bar Council of India (BCI) chairman Manan Kumar Mishra to the Law Commission Around 46,600 lawyers across the State under the banner of Odisha State Bar Council on Monday resorted to day-long cease-work agitation in protest against the proposed changes in the Advocates alleged State Bar Council officials.“We have put our grievances before the Union Law Minister, who has assured to take up the matter with Prime Minister Narendra Modi for appropriate decision,” said Chairman, Odisha State Bar Council, which governs the conduct of lawyers? Odisha State Bar Council has opposed the proposals of the Bar Council of India (BCI) made to the Law Commission that lawyers who indulge in strikes should be fined and their licences suspended. Act, 1961 Notably which governs the conduct of lawyers The lawyers also decried Bar Council of India (BCI) chairman Manan Kumar Mishra’s proposal to the Law Commission regarding the amendment without consulting any other members of the BCI and State bodies. Calling it draconian and anti-lawyer move, Mishra had recommended to the Law Commission of India that lawyers who indulge in unjustified strikes should be fined and have their licences suspended. The Law Commission has recommended amendment to the Advocates Act to allow lawyers a day’s token strike in compelling circumstances with the prior approval of the bar council concerned. State Bar Council officials said the term of 17 State Bar Councils has already expired and the proposals have been made by Mishra without consulting to any other members of the BCI and state bodies. Odisha State Bar Council has requested the Centre to not approve the proposal. Council president Manas Ranjan Mohapatra said that they will protest until they get justice. The proposed All India Convention of Lawyers will hold on April 22 in Bhubaneswar.