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Bar Council of India (BCI)

24 July 2014

The seventh All India Bar Examination (AIBE – VII) has been postponed for candidates appearing from Cochin from 7 September to a yet undecided date.

The Bar Council of India (BCI) said in its notification that the exam was postponed in Kerala due to Thirunoam celebrations on that date. The notification on the AIBE’s website states:

“As per the council decision via letter ref no : BCI:D:3487/2014, This is to inform the candidates from the state of Kerala who have applied for    AIBE-VII that the examination will not be conducted on 7th September 2014 in Kerala due to the celebration of Thiruonam. All the candidates who have selected their examination center as Cochin will be allowed to appear for the examination that will be held on a later date. The date of the examination will soon be published online."

14 July 2014

“For the first time in the history of judiciary, the Bar Council of India has decided to address the woes of new entrants in the Bar by providing `5,000 as stipend, per month, for a period of five years,” reported the New Indian Express.

The BCI’s members and various state bar council chairmen and vice chairmen met recently in Delhi, according to the report, and resolved that advocates who accept the stipend can in return provide legal aid to poor litigants under the Legal Service Authority Act 1987.

The BCI charges law graduates Rs 2560 as registration fee to take the All India Bar Examination for their practice certificate.

10 July 2014

AIBE In the fourth and fifth All India Bar Exams (AIBE), 80 per cent and 73 per cent respectively passed the exam out of a total of 58,631 applicants.

01 May 2014

CLATThe Allahabad high court on Tuesday directed GNLU Gandhinagar to allow two 21-year-old Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2014 aspirants to appear in the entrance exam.

22 April 2014

aibewebsite The All India Bar Exam (AIBE) run by the Bar Council of India (BCI) has been postponed for a month after a delayed website redesign.

11 April 2014

SinsinwarRajasthan bar council member Biri Singh Sinsinwar, is likely to be appointed as Bar Council of India (BCI) chairman following the expiry of the term of Manan Kumar Mishra on 17 April.

05 April 2014

BCI chairman Manan Kumar Mishra Bar Council of India (BCI) chairman Manan Kumar Mishra said that he supported Narendra Modi’s bid to become India’s next PM.

18 March 2014

AIBECertificates of practice (COP) for 784 candidates who sat the 4th AIBE in 2012, have been withheld because of “incomplete documentation”.

13 March 2014

AIBE Less than two weeks after publishing the results of the sixth All India Bar Exam (AIBE), the Bar Council of India (BCI) has now announced a “tentative” date for the seventh AIBE on its website.

07 March 2014

BCI: DollarsThe Bar Council of India (BCI) is considering a proposal to charge $2,000 each to Indian nationals with foreign law degrees who are looking to qualify in India.

06 March 2014

Manan Kumar MishraThe term of Bar Council of India (BCI) chairman Manan Kumar Mishra, who was unanimously elected in April 2012, will come to an end on 16 April 2014, with re-elections to be held the next day.

06 March 2014

AIBE The Bar Council of India (BCI) has announced on the the official All India Bar Exam (AIBE) website that candidates can get their answer sheets rechecked for a Rs 200 fee until 26 March.

05 March 2014

The Bar Council of India (BCI) has announced the sixth Qualifying Examination for the Indian Nationals holding Foreign Law Degrees to take place between 24 and 29 March 2014 in Delhi over six exam papers [BCI notice]

Only three candidates sat for the fourth edition of the exam in 2012, with only one passing [Legally India]

03 March 2014

Supreme Court justice Dipak Misra asked the Bar Council of India (BCI) to not “please electoral politics”, in a BCI golden jubilee conference closing speech.

02 March 2014

NamoPrime ministerial hopeful Narendra Modi, Bar Council of India chairman Manan Kumar Mishra and legion of judges convened at a BCI function in Gandhinagar.

28 February 2014

The results for the sixth All India Bar Exam (AIBE) are now accessible, according to Legally India reader reports.

26 February 2014

The results for the sixth All India Bar Exam (AIBE) should have been published on the official website, having been scheduled to have been announced yesterday, 25 February, but candidates have reported no success in accessing their results so far.

14 February 2014

Bar Council of India (BCI) chief Manan Kumar Mishra said in a conference hosted by the American Bar Association yesterday that the BCI, in the second week of March, would “pass a resolution to amend Rule 36 in Section IV of the BCI Rules to allow lawyers and law firms to have their own websites”, reported Bar & Bench.

In 2010 the Delhi bar council vowed to crack down on law firm websites but quickly backed down from the proposal. However, in 2008 the Delhi bar council had allowed law firms to have websites within the existing restrictions on advertising. The amendment stated that advocates would be allowed to furnish “website information as prescribed in the Schedule under intimation to and as approved by the Bar Council of India”, which permits little more than publishing advocates’ contact details, qualifications and areas of specialisation.

Research and a column published on Legally India in 2012 pointed out most law firms and their websites were in “blatant violation” of the BCI’s advertising rules.

16 December 2013

Rajasthan HC judge accused of locking up daughter over ‘wrong’ caste boyfriend
Rajasthan high court Justice Raghvendra Singh Rathore has allegedly locked his 30-year-old daughter up at home to stop her marrying a man from another caste, who has now filed a Supreme Court petition against the illegal detention [IBN Live] Update: The Supreme Court has ordered the release of the daughter. “She is a major and has the liberty to make her choice in marriage,” said Justices HL Dattu and C Nagappan [AFP]

TN bar council locks horns with BCI over upper age-limit for LLBs
TN bar council Although the Bar Council of India (BCI) has abolished the controversial upper age limit of 35 years for students taking law degrees, the Tamil Nadu bar council has retained the age ceiling, and reinforced it in a resolution on Saturday (14 December). The conflict has left thousands of students in the state, who enrolled in law courses between 2008 and 2011, in limbo, said the BCI, which is looking into the matter [TOI]

CJI: Bench must understand new phenomenon of frivolous litigation
CJI Sathasivam said that long-pending mercy petitions and other frivolous litigations are a new challenged that the bench must learn to understand in order to tackle effectively [The Hindu]

NLS safe but BU campus isn’t one year after rape
NLSIU Bangalore campus now safe after curfew and more guards, one year after the rape of a student near the adjoining Bangalore University campus, where ‘fear still stalks varsity students’, reported the New Indian Express

Delhi HC confirmation of gang rape verdict likely in Jan
The Delhi high court’s verdict on whether the death sentence of the four rapists convicted in the December 2011 Delhi gang rape will likely be delivered in January [IANS]