The Bar Council of India has extended the deadline for submission of details of all practising Advocates registered with the concerned District and Taluka Bar Associations across the country, till September 30, 2020.
On July 24, 2020, the Presidents and Secretaries of all the Bar Associations in the country were asked to submit details of Advocates registered with them as per the format required by the e-Committee of the Supreme Court, within 15 days via email.
BCI Asks District Bar Associations To Mandatorily Furnish Details Of Advocates Registered With Them
However, in view of the hardship being faced due to the pandemic and acceding to the requests made by various Bar Associations and State Bar Councils, the BCI has extended the date for submission of information, till September 30, 2020.
The BCI has reiterated that the entire process is being undertaken for the benefit of all the Advocates.
"The E-Committee of the Supreme Court has a scheme to train Advocates and make them computer friendly. It is for such purpose that this information is required. Thus this information is specifically required for the benefit of Advocates, both for the older generation and for the younger generation. It will be advantageous for every Advocate of the Country to be armed with technical knowhow, so that they become trained and adept at e-filing, virtual hearing etc., which, can be put to best use by them as per their need," the letter states.
Inter alia, the BCI has clarified that Individual Advocates who are not members of any Bar Association may furnish such information to the concerned State Bar Councils and the State Bar Councils may further furnish such information to Bar Council of India.
In its previous letter, the Council had directed all the Bar Associations to create official whatsapp group(s) consisting of the members practicing and registered with them only. Throwing light on this aspect the letter states,
"The purpose of creating a whatsapp group is again solely aimed for the assistance and benefit of Advocates. Such groups are meant to give access and information about various important resolutions /circulars of BCI/State Bar Councils and for providing other important relevant information/s and also for resolution of contemptuous issues."
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