In a letter written by Dr. Joseph Aristotle, Hon. Secretary, SCAORA, addressed to Rajesh Kumar Goel, Registrar & Secretary, Board of Examination, Supreme Court of India, it was requested that the Advocates On Record Examination be postponed to December 2021.
It referred to Rule 1 of the Regulations regarding Advocates-On Record Examination, which states that ‘The examination shall be held under the general supervision of a Committee of three judges of the court to be appointed by the Chief Justice of India and to be designated as the Examination Committee: unless otherwise specifically ordered by the said committee the examination will be held twice a year preferably between May and December.'
In the light of the COVID-19 pandemic that has engulfed the whole country, the Supreme Court Advocates-On-Record Association wrote to the Supreme Court seeking postponement of the ‘Advocates-On-Record Examination-2021’ from June’21 to December’21.
In an earlier notification issued on March 26th, 2021, the Supreme Court notified that the Advocates-On-Record Examination-2021’ will be held in the Supreme Court Premises on 8th, 9th, 10thand 11th June 2021, which was later updated by another notification issued on April 24th, 2021 extending the date of Submission of exam application form to May 1, 2021.
The Advocates-On-Record Examination is an examination whereby, advocates, who have been in practice for at least 4 years as advocates, after which they have to demonstrate their intention to the Supreme Court that they have started training under a Senior Advocate-On-Record, will be eligible to become Advocates-On-Record upon clearing the examination.