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Bar Council of India (BCI)

03 June 2013

Bar examMajority of affected candidates from Hyderabad; BCI “regrets any inconvenience caused”.

28 May 2013



3nj4mcwoThe Bar Council of India (BCI), the Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa (BCMG), and the union law ministry were yesterday served with a legal notice asking that the bar councils be suspended for failing in their duty to update a “defective” law syllabus in law schools across the country.

13 May 2013

Ineffective BCI: SC justices BS Chauhan and Dipak Mishra today said: “Bar Council has become ineffective. No action is taken against erring lawyers and we have to suffer. We are actually the victim and lawyers are making money… Lawyers think that they are above law. We are facing such situation every day.” [PTI]

Collegium conspiracies: 1,000 Punjab & Haryana High Court Bar Association members have signed a resolution opposing the elevation of seven lawyers to the bench, asking the Chief Justice of India to intervene in the “conspiracy of silence” [Express]

CCI market research: The Competition Commission of India has decided to have a dedicated Market Research Unit with the help of some external agency [Zee News]

3 new Bom HC judges: Member secretary of the Maharashtra State Legal Services Authority P N Deshmukh, secretary general of the Supreme Court A I S Cheema and Registrar General of the HC S B Shukre have been elevated as additional judges of Bombay high court [Express]

Imagine world without lit: Andhra Pradesh State Legal Services Authority (APSLSA) has identified 172 villages across the State as ‘litigation-free’ and the AP High Court will soon declare them as ‘litigation free areas’. Disputes will be settled only by Lok Adalats in these villages [Hindu]

American Hindu?: Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy has filed a plea in the Delhi High Court saying editors of news organisations in India “must be Indian citizens and residents of India” and not foreign citizens. He has attacked the US citizenship of editor of The Hindu Siddharth Varadarajan [Newslaundry]

24 April 2013

BCI BhavanUp to four bids have been received for the project, which was tendered for four days.

01 April 2013

AIBEPIL wins to allow lawyers practice while waiting for the next AIBE.

01 April 2013

BCI & Gov must resurrect directorate of legal education that was killed due to shortage of central funds, says parliament committee. The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Grievances Law and Justice wrote: “The committee fails to comprehend why the government did not accede to the request made by the BCI for sustaining the Directorate of Legal Education. It, therefore, desires that the BCI in conjunction with the ministry should take a re-look in the matter and explore how the scheme can be revived.” [Deccan Herald]

The Supreme Court denies Novartis patent protection for its own amended form of caner drug Glivec in major IP judgment [Times of India / Download judgment via @thefirmupdate]

Ex-Supreme Court Justice Markandey Katju and current Press Council of India (PCI) chairman will stop blogging and writing newspaper columns after his comments attracted too much controversy.  He announced on his blog today: 
“It is true that I wish to be uncontroversial […] In this connection, I may refer to Chapter 2 Shloka 34 of the Geeta where Lord Krishna said to Arjun ‘For a self respecting man, death is preferable to dishonour’.” [via Katju blog
The judge has made his fair share of enemies and friends with his outspoken blogs and newspaper columns, infamously writing in 2012 that 90 per cent of Indians were fools. [And this story too was a bit too foolish, we're afraid. Happy April Fools Day!]

29 March 2013

The Bar Council of Punjab & Haryana is now India’s first state bar council (SBC) to have photo identification on its electoral rolls to curb bogus voting. The Bar Council of India (BCI) has asked other state bar councils to follow suit, for “fair and transparent” elections.

Till now the voter list contained only the names, addresses and enrolment number of voting advocates, according to the Indian Express. "It was observed that lot of bogus voting was taking place in the absence of photographs of the lawyers," claimed the SBC’s chairman Minderjit Yadav.

He also told the paper that honorarium fees of Rs 5,000 per month had been earmarked for “budding lawyers who lack financial means at the start of their career”. A pension for lawyers above 65 years of age was in the process of being worked out.

It was observed that lot of bogus voting was taking place in the absence of photographs of the lawyers.

21 March 2013

Senior counsel Anil Divan wants practical position paper on liberalisation from government.

21 March 2013

Bar ExamThe Gujarat High Court today issued notice to the Bar Council of India (BCI) over bar exam delays, reported TOI.

08 March 2013

The Bar Council of India (BCI) has called for all lawyers in the country to abstain from work on Monday, 11 March 2013, “in protest against the brutal assault on Lawyers in Jaipur and Chandigarh”.

The notification on the BCI’s website adds:

“The Lawyers all across the country (except the Lawyers of Delhi who have already observed the abstention on 7.3.13) should abstain from the work on 11.3.13 in support of Lawyers of Rajasthan and Chandigarh. The protest should be peaceful and in most dignified way.”

Legally India re-reported yesterday that lawyers in Jaipur were protesting for long-pending housing project and personal allowance demands, while Chandigarh lawyers protested at the Punjab & Haryana high court to  support of 20 advocates against whom a case was registered for allegedly manhandling a police officer.

The government’s law minister Ashwani Kumar stated yesterday ago that over 30 million cases were now pending across courts, with 66,569 pending in the Supreme Court of India.

07 March 2013

AIBE Exclusive: While the Bar Council of India (BCI) has not yet released the complete results of the fourth All India Bar Examination (AIBE) held on 9 December, the regulator has decided to consider the complaints of December’s AIBE’s examinees.

21 February 2013

Manmohan SinghPrime minister Manmohan Singh addressed lawyers present at the Bar Council of India’s (BCI) centenary celebrations on 16 February in Delhi, urging them to take on more pro bono matters.

18 February 2013

BCI-RTI-11-1-2013-1-redactIn 2011 there were 1.3 million lawyers in India, revealed a right to information (RTI) response by the Bar Council of India (BCI) to Delhi-based advocate Kush Kalra, with an average annual growth rate between 2007 and 2011 of around 4 per cent.

01 February 2013

MPL 4: Where Indian mooting livesExclusive: The Bar Council of India (BCI) Trust, which conducts the BCI inter-university moot court competition, has decided to indefinitely delay this year’s competition.

30 January 2013

t10vctxwAll India Bar Exam (AIBE) candidates’ results for more test centres would be uploaded within two or three days, though it will take longer to announce grades of candidates’ whose results have been withheld.

28 January 2013

The New York TimesIndia Ink blog has interviewed the Bar Council of India (BCI) chairman Manan Kumar Mishra who said that around 4,000 complaints were pending with the BCI, which is the state bar councils’ appellate body for disciplinary cases, while around 1.7 million lawyers were enrolled.

28 January 2013

To make public prosecutors eligible for district judiciary posts, the Supreme Court said they would be treated as advocates, despite the Bar Council of India’s (BCI) prohibition against lawyers who are full-time salaried employees from practising as advocates.

Rule 49 of the BCI’s rules on professional standards provides:

An Advocate shall not be a full-time salaried employee of any person, government, firm, corporation or concern, so long as he continues to practise and shall, on taking up any such employment intimate the fact to the Bar Council on whose rolls his name appears, and shall thereupon cease to practise as an Advocate so long as he continues in such employment.

The bench, led by justice RM Lodha, partially negated this requirement and said:

The factum of employment is not material but the key aspect is whether such employment is consistent with his practising as an advocate. Or, in other words, whether pursuant to such employment, he continues to act and/or plead in the courts. If the answer is yes, then despite employment he continues to be an advocate.

The SC was deciding appeals filed against the orders of the High Court of Punjab and Haryana which had quashed the appointments of certain additional district and sessions judges on the basis of rule 49 in May 2010. [Indian Express]

25 January 2013

The Bar Council of India (BCI) has begun uploading results for the fourth All India Bar Exam (AIBE).

17 January 2013

The Bar Council of India (BCI) launched an advocates pension scheme under which all advocates in Bihar with at least 30 years of practicing experience will get a monthly pension of Rs 5000, even if they are above 65 years of age.

To avail the benefit of the scheme, advocates under the age of 30 years will have to deposit a one-time fee of Rs 7,000, and those above the age of 30 years will have to deposit Rs 10,000 once with the BCI, as well as regularly purchase the BCI’s journals. [UNI]