On May 5, 2020, the Supreme Court of India designated as many as 228 Lawyers as Advocates-on-record. After the lawyers moved in an application for their registration; since they appeared in the Advocates-on-Record examination held in June 2019. The applicants stood eligible for registration as an Advocate-on-Record as they had passed the prescribed written test. However, of course, it is not an administrative fault of the Top Court; as the registrations have been put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
IN view of the on-going lockdown, the Apex Court directed that the Advocates who cleared the written test held in June 2019 must register themselves. Justice BR Gavai directed that 228 advocates must register as Advocates-on-Record of the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court Recruitment Cell in its order stated: “The applications for registration as Advocates-onRecord is fixed on the 05th May 2020 (Tuesday) and will be taken up by the Hon’ble Chamber Judge on that day. It is further informed that the personal/virtual appearance of the Advocates before the Hon’ble Judge is exempted“.
In another related news, The Supreme Court Advocates On Record Association last month announced that the Advocates-On-Record (AoR) Examination, scheduled for June 2020 stood deferred concerning the Coronavirus Lockdown. The Ministry of Home Affairs extended the lockdown for the third time until May 17, 2020.