The roles of an Advocate on Record (AOR) in India are:
- Only an Advocate on Record (AOR) can file a Vakalatnama in the Supreme Court on behalf of the client. Vakalatnama is a document in writing, appointing a lawyer or pleader to represent the clients matter in a court of law.
- No advocate other than an Advocate on Record (AOR) can appear and plead in any matter unless an Advocate on Record (AOR) instructs him.
- Any notices or orders/ correspondence by the Supreme Court are sent to the Advocate on Record (AOR) and Advocate on Record has to maintain an office in Delhi within a radius of 16 kilometer from the Court and also employ a clerk, which is also the registered clerk of Advocate on record with the Supreme Court.