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Bar councils oppose bar exam

The All India Bar Examination to be held by the Council of India (BCI) has come under opposition from bar councils of 11 states.

mumbai Updated: Aug 11, 2010 01:43 IST
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The All India Bar Examination to be held by the Council of India (BCI) has come under opposition from bar councils of 11 states.

On April 10, the BCI passed a resolution to conduct All India Bar Examination, the passing of which will entitle an advocate to practice law in India. Any student who clears examinations of the five-year LLB course would then have to then appear for the All India Bar Examination, which has to be cleared to practise in courts.

On Tuesday, Jayant Jaibhave, chairman of bar council of Maharashtra and Goa, said at a press conference that they were opposing the All India Bar Examination.

On July 25, Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa passed a resolution to oppose the All India Bar Examination to be conducted by Bar Council of India (BCI) which would entitle law graduates to practise in courts. Bunch of petitions have been filed in different high courts challenging the All India Bar Examination saying that it is unconstitutional.

The BCI had approached the Supreme Court in July seeking that all petition concerning challenge to All India Bar Examination be clubbed and heard in the apex court.

Uday Warunjikar, a member of the bar council of Maharashtra and Goa, said they will intervene in the special leave petition filed by the BCI in the SC.