Appearance of Advocate /Non Advocate in the hearing
In an order of the Full Bench Punjab State Information Commission (SIC) where is has deliberated and decided on the following issues:
Whether a person not registered as an Advocate can appear on behalf of an information-seeker before the Commission.
Whether a person not registered as an Advocate and not holding a pleader’s license can appear on behalf of an information-seeker in the Commission and plead on his behalf in the proceedings under Sections 18 and 19 of the Right to Information Act, 2005.
Whether such a non-Advocate can appear after charging certain consideration from the concerned information seeker.
Whether there should be a specific format of Vakalatnama/authorization which must be submitted by non-Advocate representing an information-seeker before the Commission.
Whether a formal Order needs to be passed by the Commission in each case permitting such non-Advocate to represent an information-seeker, before such individual can be allowed to appear or plead on behalf of the information seeker.
Decision of the Commission
Any person (even non advocate) can appear on behalf of information seeker
Appearance has to be authorised by the Commission
Person appearing can charge consideration for his/her appearance