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Dear Peter‎

Can a Judge in Supreme Court or High Court or Session court also take a role of a lawyer in civil, criminal cases proceedings ?.

i.e. Once the Lawyer is elevated to a Judge Title, Can he/she also
practice as a Lawyer in court proceedings  ?.

i.e. Can he/she play a dual role of both Judge as well as a Lawyer
in certain court cases ?.

Examples :

1. Some court cases proceeding he/she is the Judge.

2. Some court cases proceeding he/she practices as a Lawyer for the Plaintiff or Defendant.

Does the Law allows him/her to play dual role of Judge as well as a Lawyer once he/she is elevated to Judge Title ?.

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

Dear Prashant,

please excuse the delay in response. To the best of my knowledge, there is no jurisdiction in which a sitting judge can simultaneously act as a lawyer. I even did some research, but still could not find any indication to the contrary.

Best regards,

Peter Koch, LL.M., MBA
Attorney at Law (licensed in Germany and New York)

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I am a licensed attorney in Germany and the State of New York. The focus of my practice is on Business Law, i.e. Commercial, Corporate, Contract, Antitrust Law and Intellectual Property Rights, in particular in US-German cross-border transactions. I also advise clients in the area of International Trade Regulations.


I have advised domestic and foreign, in particular US-American, clients in the above stated areas since 1997.

First State Exam (JD-equivalent) 1989 - Second State Exam (German Bar Exam) 1992 - Master of Laws (Houston) 1995 - Master of Business Administration in International Business (Houston) 1996 - licensed Attorney Germany 1997, New York 1998

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