The Law graduates of Gujarat have a breather with the Gujarat Bar Council passing a resolution to allow them to practice without appearing for the All India Bar Examination (AIBE).
The Law graduates of Gujarat have a breather with the Gujarat Bar Council passing a resolution to allow them to practice without appearing for the All India Bar Examination (AIBE). The resolution states that the graduates will be allowed to practice, and licenses will be issued with an undertaking that they will appear for the AIBE when conducted.
Speaking to Bar & Bench, Vice Chairman of the Bar Council of Gujarat said, “The BCI has sent us a resolution where it had expressed practical difficulties in conducting the examinations before March 6, 2011. Therefore in the interest of the students and the directive of the BCI, we have decided to give temporary enrolment to students who have applied for the AIBE, the rights to practice”. “These rights are only given to students who had previously applied for the AIBE and not to everyone who has approached the Bar Council for enrollment,” he added.
According to media reports Bar Council of Gujarat President J.J. Patel has quoted, “that a resolution in this regard has been passed and licences will be issued after taking an undertaking from the graduates that they will appear for the test within two years. For now, the BCI has postponed its plans to conduct the test, the passing of which was to be a pre-requisite for getting a licence to practice. The BCI will take the exam in March 2011 instead of December 2010. The BCI's decision to postpone the exam was due to lack of facilities necessary for the test”.
The Bar Council of India (BCI) was unreachable, at the time of going to press. The first AIBE is going to take place on 6 March,2011 according to the BCI website.
Copy of the Bar Council of India’s directive to the State Bar Councils along with the affidavit is available here.