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Lawyers can practise first,clear exam later: Bar Council

According partial relief to fresh law graduates,the Bar Council of India has removed the condition that lawyers will not be able to practise without clearing the All India Bar Exam.

Written by AADITI JATHAR LAKADE | Pune |
November 23, 2010 1:32:14 am

According partial relief to fresh law graduates,the Bar Council of India (BCI) has removed the condition that lawyers will not be able to practise without clearing the All India Bar Exam (AIBE). The BCI has,however,asked the lawyers to sign an undertaking stating they would be appearing for the exam and clear it within two years.

The decision was taken at a BCI meeting held in Chennai on Sunday. “It has been decided that the Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa (BCMG) would permit law graduates of 2009-2010 to practise in courts before clearing the AIBE,but subject to restrictions,” Deshmukh said. He said the precise restrictions,which could include limitations on the courts the graduates could appear in,will be decided in yet another meeting to be held within a fortnight.

Advocate Ahmedkhan Pathan,member of BCMG from Pune,said they were yet to get an official intimation on the matter. “It is learnt that the BCI will prepare a format of the undertaking,which the students will be required to sign in the the presence of the district bar association president and send it to the BCI. Those who submit the undertaking would be allowed to sign the vakalatnama,take cases and so on,” he said.

Atul Pandhe,president of Maharahstra Rajya Navodit Vakil Samiti,said: “The fact that they will permit advocates to practise defeats the purpose of taking the exam. The undertaking makes no sense,since it is difficult to keep a check on whether advocates who are practising in courts have cleared the exam,” he said.

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