The Supreme Court is keen to have an entrance test for law graduates before they are enrolled into bar councils and get a license to practice. The idea was driven by worries over fake advocates and falling standards in the law profession. The court was concerned with the decline in quality of lawyers entering the profession.
A bench headed by Chief Justice TS Thakur strongly rejected the present system under which the Bar Council of India holds a law entrance exam after a law graduate gets registered. The right to practice law is a fundamental right for an LL.B degree holder, but there will be no use if the test is held for a lawyer after he acquires the right to practice his profession.
The BCI revealed that 30% of advocates in the profession are incompetent. The disciplinary body has introduced rules to confirm the antecedents of existing lawyers to remove fake ones.
The BCI has made a rule under which a lawyer can appear in courts if only he clears the All India Bar Examination (AIBE). The Supreme Court has questioned this rule made by BCI. The All India Bar Examination (AIBE 9) 2016 is scheduled to held on March 6.
The BCI counsel sought time to reply to the query raised by Justice Thakur, whereupon the court proceeded to adjourn the case. The case will now be taken up tomorrow.