BCI Gives Last Chance for Verification of Advocates

Bar Council of India has given last chance to give details of regular practice and verification of Advocates by 15 November.

The Bar Council has fixed November 15 for verification of regular practitioner Advocates.

Several bar associations in Jharkhand had requested the Bar Council to extend the date, but the council has refused to extend the date. 

The council has clarified that earlier the date has been extended twice. For this reason, no details will be accepted now after 15 November. If by this date the Advocates will not send their details, then their practice will be banned.

The number of Advocates in Jharkhand is around 30 thousand. Till date, only 16493 advocates have verified their certificates. About thirteen thousand lawyers are practising without verification. 

If the Advocates do not get the certificates verified within the prescribed time and do not provide proof of regular practice, their practice will be banned and the licenses will also be cancelled.

Why the need arose:

Due to COVID-19 Pandemic, court proceedings, Lok Adalat and cases of alternative dispute resolution are now being executed online. It is also being considered to make this system permanent. 

Under this, the e-committee of the Supreme Court is collecting the details of all the lawyers of the country. The Supreme Court has sought from the Bar Council of India (BCI) details of all the lawyers who are practising.

In this light, the Bar Council has directed to send full details directly from all the bar associations of India. Lawyers who do not provide their details will be considered as non-practising lawyers. 

Please provide this information:

The Bar Council has sent a format to the Advocates through Bar Associations. Lawyers have to provide name, address, phone number, WhatsApp number, email ID, enrollment number, place of practice, residential and office address etc.

The Bar Council of India will create a group or app that can directly connect with advocates across the country and can share any important information or any guidelines.

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