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AIBE deferred, date to be announced; BCI calls for a united front to petition for financial assistance to lawyers in need

The BCI has announced the postponement of the AIBE in a note issued today. The note also deals with the way ahead to petition for financial assistance for lawyers struggling financially during the pandemic.

Lydia Suzanne Thomas

The Bar Council of India (BCI), in conjunction with State Bar Councils and High Court Bar Associations, has resolved to postpone the All India Bar Examination (AIBE).

The AIBE was initially scheduled for August 16, 2020. The new date for the exam is yet-to-be-announced.

BCI Resolution shifting the AIBE
BCI Resolution shifting the AIBE

The last date for receipt of applications has also been extended in view of the deferred date. August 31, 2020, has been decided as the deadline for applications for the examination.

The new date for the examination will be decided after a meeting of the Monitoring Committee for the AIBE, it is stated.

The Council has also resolved to present a united front to obtain financial assistance to lawyers struggling financially during the pandemic.

It is also proposed that State Councils and the High Court Bar Associations undertake to authorise the BCI through vakalatnamas or otherwise to represent them in the Apex Court in pleas for financial assistance.

Recording its appreciation for the Supreme Court’s suo motu cognizance of the financial suffering of lawyers on July 22, after the BCI filed a writ petition, the BCI met with the representatives of State Bar Councils and the High Court Bar Associations on July 26 and July 28 to deliberate upon strategies to make a collective demand for financial assistance to financially-straitened members of the Bar.

“… It is a matter of common knowledge that a large mass of Lawyers are finding it difficult to make the ends meet and survive. A couple of Lawyers have even committed suicide."
BCI Note

With a view to "put up a common, joint and synchronized case on behalf of entire legal fraternity of the country", the BCI is informed to have organized a joint meeting.

To this end, the BCI has also sought written submissions from each of the Bar Councils and the High Court Bar Associations so that they may be presented before the Supreme Court.

Read the BCI's note dated July 30:

Press Release dated 30.07.2020.pdf
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