Patna, (JPN/Bureau): In a rejoinder to the five-day strike called by Bihar State Bar Council demanding de-notification of the order for holding evening courts between 7 pm and 9 pm, nearly 80,000 lawyers across the state stayed away from work.

Bihar State Bar Council chairman Baleshwar Prasad Sharma said nearly 80,000 lawyers have joined the strike. The lawyers, including those from the Patna High Court, district courts and subdivisional courts, are staying away from work.

Sharma said the lawyers' protest would continue till the high court notification for running evening courts was withdrawn.

An evening court each has been functional in 30 of the 38 districts in Bihar since Dec 6, 2010.

Sharma said except for Gujarat, at 10 places, including three in Karnataka, two in Maharashtra and three in Kerala, evening courts had been started with the consent of the respective state bar councils.

This massive cease of work by the lawyers literally paralysed the state judicial machinery.

 The Bar council general body in its meeting denounced the continuation of the evening courts despite repeated requests.
   
The apex body of advocates took note of violation of notification and transfer of cases of evening courts without consent of the contesting party, state Bar Council Officiating
Secretary Alok Kumar said.
    
 The council has invited presidents and general secretaries of all bar associations on Feb 19 for taking stock of the situation.