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SCAORA objects to suggestion by SCBA President regarding no AoR exam for lawyers with 10+ years at Bar

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An objection has been raised by the Supreme Court Advocates-on-Record Association (SCAORA) against the suggestion made by Supreme Court Bar Association President (SCBA) Vikas Singh for scrapping the Advocate-on-Record (AoR) exam for lawyers having experience of more than 10 years at bar.

SCAORA condemned the letter that was sent by the president SCBA to the Chief Justice of India, Justice N.V. Ramana. Condemning the letter, they wrote, “The Executive Committee of SCAORA hereby unanimously resolved that the stated request made via the said letter is arbitrary, lacks foresight and is contrary to well established procedure and practice in the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India. It is therefore condemned in the strongest words”.

The SCBA President Vikas Singh had written a letter to the CJI dated May 19  for seeking an amendment to Order IV Rule 5(ii) of the Supreme Court Rules, 2013 regarding qualification of AoRs.

The SCAORA said that this the proposed amendment will have an adverse affect on the the administration and dispensation of justice as this amendment is prejudicial to the interests of ordinary litigants.

The SCAORA has now decided that a formal objection to Singh’s letter should be sent to the CJI.

The resolution was taken in this regard where the SCAORA has decided that “In view of the aforesaid position of the members and executive committee of SCAORA and the well-settled position of law, we trust that the Hon’ble Chief Justice of India will not take into consideration the request of Sh. Vikas Singh to amend established Supreme Court Rules.

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