What is the Bar Council of India?

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The Society of Indian Law Firms (SILF) has written to the Bar Council of India (BCI), raising concerns over its recent decision to allow foreign lawyers and law firms to practice in the country.

About Bar Council of India (BCI):

  • It is a statutory body established under the Advocates Act 1961 to regulate and represent the Indian bar.
  • Functions:
    • It performs the regulatory function by prescribing standards of professional conduct and etiquette and by exercising disciplinary jurisdiction over the bar.
    • It also sets standards for legal education and grants recognition to Universities whose degrees in law will serve as qualification for enrolment as an advocate.
    • It conducts the All India Bar Examination (AIBE) to grant a 'Certificate of Practice' to advocates practising law in India.
    • BCI also funds welfare schemes for economically weaker and physically handicapped advocates.


Q1) What is the All India Bar Examination (AIBE)?

AIBE is a National level entrance examination conducted to assess the capability of an advocate who wants to practice law in India. The Bar Council of India (BCI) has the authority to conduct the All India Bar Examination (AIBE).

Source: Society of Indian Law Firms raises concerns before BCI over entry of foreign lawyers