March 06, 2017

SC Issues Ad Interim Stay On BCI Notification Prescribing Age Limit For Admission To LL.B. Courses


On March 3, the Supreme Court issued an ad interim stay on the notification announced by the Bar Council of India (BCI) prescribing age limit for admission to LL.B. courses and ordered that no age limit should apply to law aspirants seeking to study LLB.

A bench of Justices SA Bobde and L Nageswara Rao clearly expressed dissatisfaction at the interim measure taken by the BCI to raise the age limit to 22 years for the five-year course and 45 years for the three-year course. Senior Advocate Sanjay Hedge, Advocate Gopal Sankaranarayanan, and Advocate on Record Zoheb Hossain appeared for the petitioners, while Advocate AK Prasad appeared for the BCI.

Prasad conveyed BCI’s decision to increase the age limit. Meanwhile, Hossain said that it will not address the concerns of some of the petitioners who are above 22. In this regard, Justice Bobde said, “If somebody is 23 or 24, then they cannot apply. On one hand, you promote legal education; on the other hand, your committee prescribes age limit.”

The court then said that it will stay the notification of September 2016 prescribing the age limit and hear out the case.

This order will now allow candidates to apply for LL.B. courses irrespective of their age. Prasad then requested the court that the admission of the petitioners should be subject to the outcome of the case. However, in response, Justice Bobde said, “To the contrary, we are inclined to say that it won’t be subject to the outcome of this case.”

The final hearing on the matter will be held in July.

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