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Law Com chief: BCI, legal ed need reforming • BCI chief vows to fight adverse SC order

New Law Com chief Chauhan seems interesting in the right things, so far as the profession is concerned
New Law Com chief Chauhan seems interesting in the right things, so far as the profession is concerned

"Legal education needs to be improved and the Bar Council of India needs to reform itself," Law Commission chairman and retired Supreme Court judge Balbir Singh Chauhan told the Economic Times in an exclusive interview.

Chauhan's statements have been published one day after the Supreme Court's damning obiter request in a judgment that the Law Commission should look into reform of legal education.

The bench of justices Anil R Dave, Kurian Joseph and Adarsh Kumar Goel had said:

There appears to be urgent need to review the provisions of the Advocates Act dealing with regulatory mechanism for the legal profession and other incidental issues, in consultation with all concerned.

Reacting to the judgment, Bar Council of India (BCI) chairman Manan Kumar Mishra told the Hindustan Times: "We are going to file a review petition in the matter because the honourable court passed the order without giving us a hearing."

Mishra also told the HT that the verification drive to weed out 'fake' lawyers, would "bring out good results. But these aspects have not been looked into by the Supreme Court", while in respect of the lawyer protests in Tamil Nadu he said: "Everything was brought under control by the BCI but recent decision of the Madras high court to take penal action against lawyers has again aggravated the situation."

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