LAHORE - A full bench of the Lahore High Court yesterday set aside age limit policy for admission in Punjab University’s LLB programme and made a special committee to hold scrutiny of laws colleges in Punjab.

The bench headed by Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah passed the order on several petitions challenging five-year LLB programme and age limit of 24 years fixed by the Punjab University on suggestions of Pakistan Bar Council.

During the proceedings, the bench observed that restriction of age was against the fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution. Advocate Safdar Shaheen Pirzada, the counsel of the petitioners, argued that legal education is the right of every citizen.

But such policies had been introduced which were contrary to the legal education rules, the law and Constitution, the counsel argued. He submitted that age limit and other policies were discouraging people from getting education.

However, representatives of Pakistan Bar Council opposed the arguments of the petitioners’ counsel saying that the rules were made to uplift declining standard of the legal education. They said the bar wanted to discourage mushroom growth of substandard law colleges.

After hearing both sides, the court set aside the age limit and directed all universities and their affiliated colleges to conduct admission in the LLB programme in accordance with the previous policy and seats structure.

The LHC bench also constituted special committees across the province comprising representatives of Pakistan Bar Council, Punjab Bar Council, universities/colleges and respective DCOs/DPOs for the scrutiny of law colleges and academies. It further directed the committee to submit reports about their respective districts.

The court would resume hearing by October 24.