Age limit for law courses: proceedings in 12 HCs stayed

The Supreme Court on Monday stayed all further proceedings in 12 High Courts on petitions challenging a Bar Council of India Rule fixing 20 years as upper age limit for admission to five-year integrated law course and 30 years for three-year degree course.

A Bench consisting of Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan and Justices P. Sathasivam and B.S. Chauhan stayed the proceedings on a petition by the Bar Council seeking transfer of all the cases pending in various High Courts to the Supreme Court. Senior counsel M.N. Krishnamani, appearing for the BCI, said as different orders were passed by the High Courts, the matter required consideration by the Supreme Court. The Bench issued notice to respondents cited by the BCI.

The petitions in the High Courts questioned Clause 28 of Schedule III to the Rules of Education, 2008 fixing the maximum age limit for admission to five and three-year law courses as ultra vires the Advocates Act. They contended that the BCI was not empowered to restrict admission by introducing the upper age limit. When there was no provision in the Advocates Act, such restrictions could not be imposed under the Rules.

The BCI said as substantial questions of law of general importance were involved, the matter required to be decided expeditiously by the Supreme Court. It also prayed for stay of further proceedings in High Courts.

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