After bringing in a new panel of 225 fresh lawyers, the Legal department of Brihanumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has received an encouraging response from 11 law firms, who have shown interest to work with the richest civic body of the country.
In order to tide over 60,000 pending cases across all courts in the state and even in Supreme Court, the BMC has decided to hire law firms, for which it had invited applications from law firms.
Nidhi Chaudhary, deputy municipal commissioner (Special) said, “We have received a good response from law firms and a panel will be set up to choose one of them.”
A five-member panel will be set up that will include a retired High Court judge, additional municipal commissioner (City), deputy municipal commissioner (Special) and two others that will be decided soon. “The panel will go through the track record of the law firm — number of cases it won and the important cases it had handled,” said Chaudhary. She added that a minimum experience of 10 years is a must to get an opportunity to work with the BMC.
“Since the BMC has been bringing in law firm first time, we will check credentials of the law firm that will be brought in legal team panel,” said Chaudhary.
After almost two decades, the BMC has been working to revive a legal team. It has already brought in around 225 new lawyers of which 50 advocates are under panel
- Panel A having 10 years experience, 75 advocates
- Under Panel B, seven years experience and 100 advocates
- Freshers under Panel C
The civic body has even decided to do away with the existing practice of paying to lawyers for adjournments. It has been planning to pay lawyers only twice—first, at the time of admission of a case, and second, when the case is closed, either win or loss.
OF GAINS AND LOSSES
- As per the new plan, for cases under the small causes court, the lawyer will be paid Rs 25,000 at the time of admission of cases, and if the BMC wins the case, the lawyer will be paid Rs50,000 and Rs15,000 if loses.