Supreme Court has questioned authority of Bar Council of India (BCI) on conducting AIBE, a qualifying exam made mandatory for law graduates for beginning their practice in courts. BCI licenses advocates who qualify AIBE, to practice in courts after awarding them with ‘Certificate of Practice’. A bench of Chief Justice T S Thakur and Justice U U Lalit asked the BCI whether it had statutory backing to conduct the examination. Further, it observed that the right to practice law is mentioned in the Advocates Act; therefore BCI is refuting an advocate of his rights as he will not be able to practice law unless he clears AIBE as per the rules. “To say that one has to pass an examination for practicing as an advocate will negate his or her right to profession. He has a fundamental right to practice. Conditions can’t be put after enrolment. If, at all, it is required, the condition should be put at the enrolment stage,” the bench said.
"A committee appointed by the SC had recommended amendments to the Advocates Act before conducting such an examination. But you (BCI) went ahead with the AIBE merely on the basis of a resolution," it said.
The Supreme Court will now be hearing BCI’s response on this issue on March 2.
The ongoing hearing may also affect AIBE IX 2015 scheduled to be held on March 6. The admit cards are already available with candidates for this exam.
Background of AIBE
The Law Commission of India, in its 184th Report to the government in 2002, had recommended amendment of the UGC Act for setting up a 'Legal Education Committee' and amendment of the Advocates Act to set up a similar committee by the BCI.
The commission had recommended, "A law graduate shall get training from advocates having 10 years of experience in courts and should also qualify a bar exam before being allowed to practice". However, the BCI, under the chairmanship of the then Solicitor General, Gopal Subramaniam, had passed a resolution to conduct AIBE and went ahead with it from 2010.
What happens next?
The SC has clarified that it was not against holding the examination per se but just needs answers over holding the fundamental right of a citizen to practice any profession as per Article 19 (1) (g) of the Constitution of India.
As soon as BCI responds to SC’s notice, it will be clear whether BCI will be allowed to conduct AIBE or not?
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Going by the previous year trend of AIBE 14 exam, the application process began in June,2019 and the exam was conducted in September,2019. The tentative date for the next AIBE-15 would be somewhere around September,2020. For your reference i have provided the link to the website where notification for next AIBE will be uploaded,
The BCI will open the AIBE XV or exam 15th 2020 applications in online mode tentatively in the 2nd week of June. Now, the AIBE 2020 exam will probably be conducted in the 3rd week of September 2020. The exam will be open-book type and will be conducted in offline mode.
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