SHC suspends operation of PBC requirement of NTS test

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Monday suspended the operation of Pakistan Bar Council’s notification that made National Testing Service (NTS) examination mandatory for grant of practicing licence to lawyers.

The petitioner, Ahsan Bari, an LLB degree holder, submitted that the PBC through a notification dated March 7, 2013 made an amendment to Pakistan Legal Practitioners and Bar Council Rules 1976, making NTS examination mandatory for apprentice advocates for acquiring practicing license.

He submitted NTS examination was scheduled to be conducted on January 18 but later Lahore High Court granted stay order against the test.

The petitioner quoted Sindh Bar Council’s chairman as saying, there was no possibility for enrolment of advocates unless the PBC declares another policy for their enrolment.

He argued that the amendment in question was contrary to the provision of the Pakistan Legal Practitioners and Bar Council Act 1973 as the Act itself lays down a proper procedure and criteria for enrolment of the advocates. He added the PBC instead of making the admission process transparent and taking cogent steps to implement the provisions of the Act are violating the Act and they had put career of advocates at stake.

He requested the court to declare that the NTS test as contrary to Section 26 of the Act.

The hearing was adjourned till April 01.

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