The current article highlights the Circular no. G-/176/2017 dated 3rd April 2017 issued by the High Court of Bombay prohibiting use of prefix like M/s, Mr, Ms and Mrs in the cause title of the legal proceedings.
Observation of the Hon’ble Justice in the matter-
While hearing the Arbitration Case, with regard to mis-use of various prefix, the Hon’ble Justice Shri G. S. Patel observed as under-
Circular issued by the High Court of Bombay in the matter-
Based on the observation of the Hon’ble Justice Shri G. S. Patel, the High Court of Bombay issued a circular no. G-/176/2017 dated 3rd April 2017.
Accepting the observation, it was stated that prefix like ‘M/s’ should not be used, for Private Limited Company and Public Company, in the cause title of the legal proceedings. Additionally, it was also stated that prefix like Mr/ Ms/ Mrs should also not be used in the cause title of the legal proceedings.
Extract from the Circular:
IT IS OBSERVED by the Hon’ble Shri Justice G. S. Patel while hearing Chamber Summons No. 89 of 2017 in Execution Application (L) No. 198 of 2017 in Arbitration Case No. 1 of 2014, on 8th March, 2017, that for companies, both private limited and public – practitioners are habituated to affixing the abbreviation “M/s” before the name of the entity, which is completely incorrect. It is further 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 the matter the prefixes “Mr/Ms/Mrs” are also not to be used.
It is further observed that this is necessary because where these incorrect description are not carried forward into orders, then issuance of certified copies becomes difficult.
IT IS FURTHER OBSERVED that concerned Section Officer and clerk of Centralized filing and Lodging department while lodging the Proceeding and scrutinizing officers while scrutinizing the pleadings shall verify the compliance of the aforementioned directions scrupulously.
HIGH COURT OF BOMBAY )
This 3rd day of April, 2017 )
High Court, Appellate Side,
Prothonotary & Section Master
High Court, Original Side,
(Republished with Amendments)