Advocates cannot be held liable for deficiency in service under Consumer Protection Act: SC

The Supreme Court (SC), in an appeal filed against the order passed by the National Consumer Disputes Resolution Commission (NCDRC) holding deficiency in services by the Advocates, has held that the legal profession is sui generis in nature, requiring advance education and training, thus a professional cannot be treated equally or at par with a businessman, trader or a provider of products or goods. The SC while setting aside the NCDRC order further held that the lawyers cannot be held for deficiency in services under Consumer Protection Act, 1986.