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SCAORA, SCBA call on Senior Advocates, Advocates to appear for pro bono cases as part of legal aid

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The Supreme Court Advocates-On-Record Association (SCAORA) has requested members of the SCAORA interested and eligible to enroll for empanelment for pro bono services as part of legal aid.

The interested candidates should enroll with the Supreme Court Bar Association office on or before December 18, 2021 in the format given in the second page of the PDF attached at the end of this article.

A joint circular by SCAORA Honorary Secretary Joseph S. Aristotle and SCBA Honorary Secertary Ardhendumauli Kumar Prasad said the enrolment is pursuant to a meeting of the office-bearers of SCBA and SCAORA with Justice Uday Umesh Lalit, Executive Chairman, National Legal Services Authority (NALSA). It was discussed and decided that legal aid criminal matters relating to imprisonment for more than seven years to be filed or pending before the Supreme Court of India would require pro bono appearances and assistance of Senior Advocates, Advocates with 15 years’ of experience from the date of enrolment and Advocates-On-Record with 10 years’ experience from the date of registration as AOR by Supreme Court.

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Senior advocates may have the assistance of junior counsels of their own choice, the circular said.


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