Chief Justice Raymond Zondo says the manner in which Advocate Malesela Teffo was arrested is an assault on both the court’s dignity and the judiciary.
Teffo was arrested in a Pretoria courtroom while representing four of the accused in the Senzo Meyiwa murder trial.
Teffo is facing contempt of court charges after failing to appear in a separate case earlier this year.
He says he will be suing the police for the dramatic arrest.
Zondo says the arrest of anyone, let alone a lawyer, inside a court, is unacceptable.
He says the police could have waited for Teffo outside court.