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Bar Council against entry of foreign lawyers

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NEW DELHI, Dec. 19

THE Bar Council of India has said that it has not made any rule regarding the entry of foreign lawyers in the country and that the council has been strongly opposing the entry of foreign lawyers.

It has been empowered under the Advocates Act, 1961 to frame rules for discharging its functions under the Act, which can be amended, said the Minister of State for Coal, Mines, Law and Justice, Mr Ravi Shankar Prasad, in a written reply to a question from Mr Vilas Muttemwar in the Lok Sabha.

Foreign nationals are permitted to practise law in India on a reciprocal basis only. However, the Act does not provide for practice of the profession of law in India by any foreign national who is not enrolled as an advocate under the Act.

The Law Commission of India has undertaken study of the Advocates Act, 1961 and has circulated a working paper on its review to various institutions, including the Bar Council, for comments. The Law Commission has not yet finalised its report.

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