Mumbai, April 5: The Bombay High Court in a circular directed the practitioners not to use prefixes like Mr/ Ms/ Mrs/ M/s in the title of legal proceedings. This decision came while observing that both public and private practitioners use prefixes before the name of the entity, which is incorrect as the prefixes are only, should be used only by the firm.
A bench headed by the Justice GS Patel while hearing said that “This is necessary because where these incorrect descriptions are not carried forward into orders, then issuance of certified copies becomes difficult.” The judge had observed that a company is not a firm, and the prefix is only ever used for a firm and that in the title of legal proceedings, no prefixes are ever to be permitted, and, for that matter, prefixes ‘Mr/ Ms/ Mrs’ are also not to be used.
The Section Officer concerned and clerk of centralized filing and lodging department, while scrutinizing the pleadings, shall verify the compliance of the aforementioned directions scrupulously, the circular read. Following is the judgment which was given by the bench and the court proceedings in detail. You can read here: