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The Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry has issued a notification directing over 1,500 advocates to produce proof of their having passed the All India Bar Examination (AIBE) to avoid suspension of practice.
The notification issued yesterday intimates that records with the Bar Council suggest that after July 1, 2010, 1,547 advocates are yet to clear the AIBE. Therefore, these advocates have now been requested to furnish proof of having cleared the exam or risk having their practice suspended.
The notification dated October 9, 2019 states,
“We hereby inform you that as per our records, around 1547 advocates enrolled after 1st July 2019 have not cleared the All India Bar Examination (AIBE). Therefore, they are directed to precede the proof or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org to avoid suspension of practice.”
Recently the Bar Council of Delhi also took steps to debar advocates who had not cleared the AIBE. Initially, the Delhi Bar Council had concluded that 4,778 advocates had not cleared the AIBE since 2010. However, after several discrepancies were noticed in the initial list, a clarification was issued to refrain from restraining the practice of the advocates named in this list. The names of several lawyers who had passed the AIBE and obtained a Certificate of Practice had erroneously been included in the list circulated initially.
The list was rectified later, after the the Delhi Bar Council also called on lawyers whose names were erroneously included in the prohibited list to WhatsApp their Certificate of Practice and Enrolment Certificate.
Read the TN Bar Council notice below: