The Supreme Court Advocates-on-Record Association(SCAORA) has taken objection to letter written by Senior Advocate Mr.Vikas Singh, the President of the Supreme Court Bar Association, to the Chief Justice of India requesting that advocates with more than 10 year practice in the Supreme Court should be exempted from the exam for selecting Advocates-on-Record (AOR).
Mr.Singh sought an amendment to Order IV Rule 5(ii) of the Supreme Court Rules, 2013 for granting exemption to advocates who have 10 years experience from AOR exam. He made this request in a letter to the CJI dated May 19 with the subject title "urgent issues of the bar".
In a strongly worded resolution, the SCAORA stated the letter written by Mr.Singh is "arbitrary, lacks foresight and is contrary to well established procedure and practice in the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India and is therefore "condemned in the strongest words".
"Not only shall the proposed amendment adversely affect the administration and dispensation of justice it is also prejudicial to the interests of ordinary litigants. It has been decided that a formal objection to the aforesaid letter be sent to the Hon'ble Chief Justice of India. 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", the SCAORA resolution stated.