What is the Bar Council of India?

April 1, 2023

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 practise 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.