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Certificate and Place of Practice (Verification) Rules 2015

04 April 2016

The Bar Council of India (BCI) will file a resolution in the Supreme Court, defending its Certificate and Place of Practice (Verification) Rules 2015 by stating that “downfall” in the standards of bar association representatives was a result of increase in the number of fake lawyers, reported the Times of India.

The Supreme Court is hearing a batch of transfer petitions challenging the validity of the 2015 rules that make it mandatory for all lawyers enrolled after 1976 to re-enrol after submitting all their academic certificates.

The BCI submitted in court that lawyers in states like UP, Bihar, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Delhi, West Bengal and others were not inclined to furnish their certificates as they found it inconvenient.

The resolution, which the regulator passed internally recently and will now file as affidavit in the Supreme Court states:

“BCI members have expressed suspicion that a very strong racket is actively involved throughout the country in selling forged/fake certificates of matriculation, graduation and LLB,""downfall in standard of representatives of the...bar associations is a result of an increase of such fake/non-practising persons”.

The BCI has not published statistics for the number of All India Bar Exam (AIBE) candidates who passed the exam, for the last 4 years, and has failed to control the mushrooming of law schools.

These measures have resulted in a lack of transparency on the total number of advocates in India who have a right to practice before its courts.

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