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Bar Council of India (BCI)

01 July 2016

The liberalisation gates have never been this half-openThe Bar Council of India (BCI) has drafted rules to allow foreign lawyers to practice in India, with the law and justice ministry having invited other ministries and three other organisations to discuss the proposals on Tuesday (5 July).

27 June 2016

A South Korean citizen who graduated from JGLS Sonepat last year is facing a dead end at the Bar Council of India (BCI), on her application to take the All India Bar Exam (AIBE). She took admission to JGLS relying on the reciprocity clause in the Advocates Act 1961.

24 June 2016

"The Medical Council of India, often in the news for controversial approvals and corruption, is set to be replaced by a medical education commission that will have three independent wings to oversee curriculum, accreditation of colleges and medical ethics," reported the Times of India, if the government's Niti Aayog panel's guidelines are implemented.

24 June 2016

On 1 June, Bar Council of India (BCI) chairman Manan Kumar Mishra sent Legally India reporter Prachi Shrivastava an email making a number of allegations against her, and Legally India editor Kian Ganz, after Prachi had asked Mishra for a comment on why the BCI had forced all law schools to buy products from the All India Reporter (AIR).

24 June 2016

GLC Ernakuklam’s five year LLB program is under threat of de-recognition by the Bar Council of India (BCI), following the BCI’s Right to Information (RTI) revelation that the University Grants Commission (UGC) doesn’t recognise the degree, reported the New Indian Express.

22 June 2016

0b2ilw2oThe Bar Council of India (BCI) has still not complied with its statutory duty under the Right to Information (RTI) Act 2005, more than six weeks after the Central Information Commission (CIC) threatened to impose maximum penalty on BCI chairman Manan Kumar Mishra, if the BCI continues in its non-compliance of the law.

22 June 2016

The Bar Council of India (BCI) asked the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry to identify lawyers in the state boycotting courts to protest the proposed disciplinary amendments to Advocates Act rules, and to submit a list of such lawyers to the BCI by today, reported the PTI.

16 June 2016

The main All India Bar Exam (AIBE) website, http://www.allindiabarexamination.com/ is offline for "maintenance", around two weeks after Bar Council of India (BCI) chairman Manan Kumar Mishra said the bar exam contract with unqualified contractor ITES Horizon Pvt Ltd had expired.

16 June 2016

Calcutta University's Hazra Law College students are protesting the Bar Council of India (BCI)-recommended dress code rules that appear to have been implemented by the university, reported the Statesman , with students having written a letter to the university's vice chancellor that they would not abide by the fashion restrictions.

10 June 2016

Supreme Court Advocates on Record (AoR) need not verify their right to practice under the Bar Council of India’s (BCI) Certificate of Practice Rules 2015.

09 June 2016

The Bar Council of India (BCI) has been a victim of the “sinister game” of a “mischief doer” who forged the BCI’s ‘LIFT’ restrictions notice that went viral on Saturday, BCI chairman Manan Kumar Mishra told Legally India via email.

07 June 2016

The Madras High Court Advocates Association (MHAA) registered its protest against the Advocates Act amendment that enables the high court to debar errant lawyers, by leading a 5000 person rally, reported the Deccan Chronicle.

06 June 2016

AIR sponsors BCI party, later that year AIR suddenly becomes obligatory law school purchaseIn November 2013 the Bar Council of India (BCI) amended its Legal Education Rules 2008 and, for years following that (as reported by us last week), has been sending repeated letters to law schools, telling them it was obligatory to buy lakhs worth of products of the All India Reporter (AIR).

06 June 2016

In a two-day conference by the Bar Council of India (BCI) in Dehradun over the weekend, attended by Supreme Court justice Dipak Misra and law minister DV Sadananda Gowda, Professor Madhava Menon held a talk on the "need of continuing legal education to the lawyers".

04 June 2016

Humans of BCI only include "hon'ble members", "learned advocates", "hon'ble judges" (but definitely not sweepers)The Bar Council of India (BCI) chairman Manan Kumar Mishra will deduct one day’s salary from BCI staff “below the rank of assistant secretary” and “sweepers or other outsourced employees” who are caught using lifts at the BCI’s Rouse Avenue office in Delhi.

03 June 2016

>The Delhi high court on Monday pulled up Delhi University (DU) for delay in completion of the new building for its law students. A bench of Justice Sanjiv Khanna and Justice Najmi Waziri gave time till 28 June for the university to ensure all infrastructure, including furniture in the new building, was ready so that students could shift in the coming academic session. The court cautioned DU to meet the deadline, while authorising the Bar Council of India (BCI) to conduct a thorough inspection of the new building a week after 28 June.<

02 June 2016

The Bar Council of India’s (BCI) chairman Manan Kumar Mishra has responded to our request for comment on the news that the BCI had again amended bylaws to prescribe law schools to buy the All India Reporter’s (AIR) products, despite protests from vice chancellors and having agreed two years ago that such a requirement to buy from a single vendor was unfair.

02 June 2016

LI has asked BCI for years how many lawyers there are. Mishra too is keen to find out now.There are now “about 20 lakh” lawyers in India, according to Bar Council of India chairman Manan Kumar Mishra. The BCI’s data on lawyers’ verification has revealed that Delhi has the maximum number of “fake” lawyers.

31 May 2016

The BCI just can't stop pushing AIR to law schools (against their wishes)The Bar Council of India (BCI) has again tried to sell All India Reporter (AIR) case reports to law schools, even expanding the obligatory catalogue of electronic AIR publications law college libraries must stock, despite having agreed two years ago that such a requirement to buy from a single vendor was unfair.

30 May 2016

Dushyant Dave: I came to the SCBA out of fear

“Bar associations are facing a very serious identity crisis and good lawyers are unfortunately not willing to participate in the democratic process in bar associations. As a result, most bar association have been hijacked by those lawyers who don't have a serious stake in the institution or those who have a personal agenda, but not the welfare of the bar.”

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