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Certificate of practice: BCI blinks, pushes registration deadline to 31 December [via LiveLaw]

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Rocky road to reform

The Bar Council of India (BCI) has extended the deadline for advocates to register for its certificate of practice until 31 December 2015, following a stay of the controversial registration requirement by the Supreme Court last month, reported [http://www.livelaw.in/bci-extends-verification-date-under-new-certificate-and-practice-rules-till-31st-december-2015/ LiveLaw].

The resolution dated 7 September, which was first published by LiveLaw stated that:

On earlier occasion vide resolution No. 145/2015 taken by General Council in its meeting dated 29.6.2015, the Council had extended the date for filing of the application for verification throughout the country without late fee upto 15th September, 2015, but it apperas from the letters of the same of the State Bar Council as well as the present letter of Secretary, Bar Council of Maharashtra & Goa that the process is not likely to be completed by that date, therefore the Council after consideration resolves to extend that date upto 31.12.2015, the forms will be accepted by the State Bar Council without any late fee.

The certificate of practice proposal requires all advocates to re-register every five years, which is intended to finally answer [https://www.legallyindia.com/201302183448/Bar-Bench-Litigation/rti-reveals-number-of-lawyers-india the age-old question] of how many advocates are actually practising in India.

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