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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No, there is no need to write bar exam for the pass outs before 2010. Directly they can enroll.
Tentatives dates for AIBE 2020 are-
Online Registration will be started in last week of September, 2020.
Last date for registration and fee payment will be seconf week of December, 2020
Exam will take place in the month of December, 2020.
These are merely tentative dates and are subject to change as no official announcement has been made regarding this matter.
Once you have applied for the AIBE which is conducted by Bar Council of India and have paid the fee against the enrollment or registration of the examination, you can appear for the exam only once in that academic year provided you meet the other eligibility criteria for the concerned exam. The exam fee that you pay is for appearing for the AIBE exam only once. If you fail to clear the examination in the first attempt then you have to wait for the next year and apply again afresh by filling out a new application form and paying the subsequent exam fee and then appear for the exam in the next attempt. The basic eligibility criteria for AIBE is that the candidate should possess a full time LL.B degree from any institution from any state which is recognized by the Bar Council of India.
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