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Pak. told to allow Queen’s Counsel

Topics Covered: India and its neighbourhood- relations.

Pak. told to allow Queen’s Counsel:


Context:

After being stuck on the issue of who will represent Kulbhushan Jadhav in the civilian court in Pakistan, India has invoked the Commonwealth grounds to end the debate over the appointment of his counsel.

  • India has called for the appointment of an Indian lawyer or a Queen’s Counsel for the death row prisoner, Kulbhushan Jadhav, so that he receives a fair trial in his death sentence review.

Background:

India’s suggestion comes against the backdrop of negotiations between the two sides to ensure a free and fair trial.

  • The International Court of Justice had asked Pakistan to ensure a fair review of the death sentence, but India says Pakistan has not provided “unimpeded” access to him till now.

Who is a Queen’s Counsel?

Queen’s Counsel is a barrister or advocate, appointed Counsel to the UK Crown on the recommendation of the Lord Chancellor.

Queen’s counsels are recognised in almost all courts around the world.

A Queen’s Counsel is appointed from within the legal profession on the basis of merit rather than the level of experience.

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InstaLinks:

Prelims Link:

  1. About ICJ.
  2. Differences between the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice.
  3. Who is a Queen’s Counsel?
  4. Key Functions.
  5. What are commonwealth countries?

Sources: the Hindu.