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 “Supreme Court affirms BCI’s authority to regulate educational qualifications for advocate enrolment.”

The Supreme Court has upheld the authority of the Bar Council of India (BCI) to prescribe qualifications and requirements for advocates seeking enrolment with State Bar Councils. In a recent judgment, the Court stated that the BCI has the necessary powers to regulate matters concerning the educational qualifications of advocates before their enrolment. The ruling was made in response to an appeal by the BCI against an order of the Orissa High Court, which directed the enrolment of a candidate who had graduated from an unrecognised institute.

The Supreme Court referred to a Constitution Bench decision that clarified the BCI’s role in pre-enrolment matters, overturning a previous judgment. The Court acknowledged that the BCI possesses wide-ranging pre-enrolment powers and that its rule requiring candidates to have completed their law course from a recognised college is valid. Consequently, the Court set aside the decision of the Orissa High Court, emphasizing that enrolment cannot be granted based on a degree from an unrecognised institution.

The judgment affirms the BCI’s regulatory authority in determining educational qualifications for advocate enrolment, underscoring the importance of ensuring that candidates have obtained their degrees from recognised and approved institutions. This decision reinforces the BCI’s role in maintaining the standards and quality of legal education and upholding the integrity of the legal profession in India.

Source- https://www.barandbench.com/news/litigation/supreme-court-upholds-bci-rule-mandating-law-degree-recognised-institution-enrolment-advocate

Written by- Anjali Sudha, College name – Haridev law college, Kashipur, Semester- 6th sem an intern under Legal Vidhiya


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