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Dismissed: CJI unimpressed with BCI plea to ban enrolment of lawyers older than 45

The Supreme Court Tuesday unequivocally rejected arguments by Bar Council of India (BCI) counsel Ardhendumauli Kumar Prasad to set an upper age limit for graduates to enrol as lawyers, reported the Indian Express.

The BCI had sought to a rule to prevent graduates older than 45 from enrolling as lawyers.

Chief Justice of India (CJI) HL Dattu and Justice A K Sikri showed little understanding for the petitions by a number of state bar councils, who had made such rules in order to “upkeep the professional standards and protect the interests of lawyers”, and “maintain the standards of education since several candidates used to get a law degree while continuing in other services, without formal or basic education”, according to the Express.

The state bar council’s appeals were quashed, with the bench saying: “How can this be done? Lot of people enrol as lawyers after retirement or after their resignation. In fact, I know about one person in Karnataka who was under suspension and he started practising law. He turned out to be one of the best lawyers in the state. These things do happen.”

Yesterday Legally India reported a new BCI regulations that will seek to ban new lawyers from practising in the apex court unless they three years of experience pracising in a high court, and two years in a trial court.

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