The Supreme Court Advocates-on-Record Association came into existence in the year 1985 with its first executive council elected at the General Meeting managing the affairs of the association consisting Mr. R.B.Datar as President, Mr. V.N.Ganpule as Vice-President, Mr. Kailash Vasdev as Secretary, Mr. M.S.Ganesh as Treasurer, Mr. Ranjit Kumar as Joint Secretary and 6 members namely Mr. K.Rajendra Chaudhry, Mr. Mukul Moudgal, Mr. Girish Chander, Mr. Raju Ramachandran, Mr. C.S. Vaidyanathan and Mr. P.H. Parekh.
The advocates on record are entitled to practice in any part of India. However, if one wants to practice as an advocate-on-record in the Supreme Court he or she needs an additional qualification. He has to practice for 4 years as an advocate and thereafter has to intimate to the Supreme Court that he has started taking training with a Senior Advocate on record because he intends to become an Advocate-on-record. After the expiry of one year's training, he has to appear for an examination conducted by the Supreme Court itself. After an advocate passes this examination he must have a registered office within a radius of 10 miles from the Supreme Court building and a registered clerk. It is after this that the Chamber Judge of the Supreme Court accepts him as an advocate-on-record.
The aims and objectives for which the Supreme Court Advocate-on-Record Association was created are:
Though the Supreme Court of India was inaugurated on 28th January 1950, the rules and procedure as applicable to the Federal Court were continued for a long time thereafter. Article 145(1) of the Constitution empowers the Supreme Court to frame rules. In May 1964, the then Chief Justice Mr. Gajendragadkar constituted a committee of 3 members of the Supreme Court Bar, namely Shri Narayan Andley, Shri I.N.Shroff, and Shri Janardhan Sharma. The Registrar and the Dy. Registrar assisted this Committee. This Committee drafted the revised rules and submitted them to the Hon'ble Chief Justice. Thereafter, the Chief Justice constituted a sub-committee of 5 judges consisting of Justice Subba Rao, Justice Wanchoo, Justice Hidyatullah, Justice J.C.Shah and Justice Sikri. The Committee examined the draft rules and considered further suggestions received from the members of the bar. Thereafter the full court finalised the rules and these rules received the sanction of the President of India on 20th December 1965. Under these rules the concept of the advocates-on-record came to be formalised.