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Bar Council of India (BCI)

19 March 2011

Just over 71 per cent of candidates passed the first All India Bar Exam (AIBE), according to a Bar Council of India (BCI) press release, which would mean roughly 6,300 graduates enrolled for the exam would have to retake it including Chennai graduates.

11 March 2011

Exclusive: The Bar Council of India (BCI) has requested comments on the new draft code of ethics for advocates, which introduces rules on conflicts of interests, bans conditional fee arrangements (CFAs) and continues to restrict advertising and business interests of lawyers.

07 March 2011

examination-hall_by_comedy-nose The Bar Council of India (BCI) said that 96 per cent of 22,000 law graduates appeared for the “historic” All India Bar Exam (AIBE) yesterday, although “unsavoury elements” in Chennai “destabilised” the exam causing its postponement to the end of the month.

06 March 2011

As the fastest candidates are starting to come out of the first All India Bar Exam that is set to end by 3pm today (Sunday), according to one report the standard was “very easy” and candidates were overheard loudly comparing answers. Share your experience here.

04 March 2011

Exclusive: The writ petition filed in the Delhi High Court seeking to force declaration of bar exam results beyond pass and fail will now be taken up for admission on Monday after failing to get listed today following a court holiday on Wedneday when it was originally meant to be heard.

01 March 2011

examination-hall_by_comedy-nose Exclusive: The All India Bar Examination (AIBE) is set to face yet another challenge in the Delhi High Court as former law student Anoop Prakash Awasthi has filed a fresh writ seeking the court’s direction to the Bar Council of India (BCI) to make the exam’s results public rather than granting a mere pass or fail certificate.

28 February 2011

examination-hall_by_comedy-nose Exclusive: The Bar Council of India (BCI) has today managed to get the bar exam petition filed by three former GLC Mumbai students transferred from the Bombay High Court to the Supreme Court (SC) after its counsel moved an affidavit urging the court to club together the ongoing litigation with other such challenges.

22 February 2011

Hall admission passes for the 6 March all India bar exam will also be available for download over the internet, announced the Bar Council of India (BCI), also revising upwards from 37 to 143 the number of applicants who had not yet received any study materials in the post.

18 February 2011

Gopal-Subranium-Solicitor-General-BCI-chairman Admit cards and hall passes for candidates sitting the all India bar exam on 6 March will be dispatched by registered post or will be available at the exam venue, Bar Council of India (BCI) chairman and solicitor general Gopal Subramanium said today.

15 February 2011

The apex court yesterday rejected the second anticipatory bail application of Bar Council of India’s (BCI’s) vice-chairman and alleged co-accused R Dhanapal Raj in the CBI graft case, as defence counsel Ram Jethmalani’s assurances that appellants would not “tamper with evidence” failed to elicit positive response from the judges.

14 February 2011

examination-hall_by_comedy-nose Exclusive: Contradicting earlier Bar Council of India (BCI) claims, the lawyer of one group of petitioners challenging the all India bar exam said that a large number of students had not yet received their study materials, following an adjournment of today’s Bombay High Court hearing to 23 February.

07 February 2011

New ethical guidelines for lawyers would be ready by the end of this year, Bar Council of India (BCI) chairman and solicitor general Gopal Subramanium told a number of papers, in contrast to earlier plans to have the rules adopted by October 2010.

03 February 2011

Only 377 applicants out of 22,267 have not completed their bar exam forms correctly, while only 38 have not received their study materials, according to Bar Council of India (BCI) records released today.

02 February 2011

examination-hall_by_comedy-nose Breaking: The Bar Council of India (BCI) said yesterday that all 22,267 applicants for the all India bar exam have been sent their preparation papers and that the first exam go ahead as planned by 6 March 2011.

31 January 2011

Indian Rupee currency bills (XL) Exclusive: Delhi Bar Council member Rajinder Singh Rana is understood to have withdrawn his bail plea in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) of alleged law school accreditation bribes, as the Delhi High Court has now also denied anticipatory bail to the co-accused BCI vice-chairman R Dhanapal Raj after the end of four weeks of the Madras High Court-granted interim bail.

31 January 2011

Law Minister-Veerappa Moily Law minister Veerappa Moily admitted that the entry of foreign firms could be good for business if local lawyers were allowed to build capacity before an “onslaught from the rest of the world” and that he had seen 80 national law school graduates prosper at London firms, in a revealing interview with the Mint paper today, adding that the door was still open to transfer the Chennai writ petition against foreign firms to the Supreme Court.

Arguing that legal education should be taken away from the BCI, he denied that the Bar Council of India (BCI) should feel threatened by the Legal Practitioner’s Bill.

28 January 2011

image In a letter to BCI chairman Gopal Subramanium, American Bar Association (ABA) president N Zack urged the Bar Council of India (BCI) to maintain “status quo” when discussing the entry of foreign law firms tomorrow (29 January).

12 January 2011

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The Bar Council of India (BCI) has finally announced the much-awaited schedule of this year’s edition of its moot court competition, which will be an international moot for the first time.

12 January 2011

examination-hall_by_comedy-nose Exclusive: The Bar Council of India (BCI) has again declined to disclose detailed information in respect of its contract with the company running the postponed all-India bar exam, following an appeal to an earlier right to information (RTI) request.

However, the BCI has now reversed its response to the original RTI and claimed that it did in fact solicit tenders from competing service providers - Tata Consultancy Services, Sify and Imaging Solutions - before it awarded the contract to Rainmaker.