State Bar Council's power to decide on Eligibility
Quite recently, the UP Bar Council came up with a regulation that the lawyers registered in UP need not clear the All India Bar Exam to practise within the state of UP. Does the State Bar have such wide power to regulate a national exam and what will be the consequence of this regulation upon a lawyer registered with the UP bar Council if he wants to practise outside UP?
The state Bar Council cannot make such regulations exempting the clearance of the National level exam. All law students graduating from the academic year 2009-2010 onwards must compulsorily take the All India Bar Examination in order to be eligible to practice in the courts of law anywhere across India. But the All India Bar Examination does not apply to anyone who has graduated before 2009.