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Advocates Act, 1961

(Act no. 25 of 1961)

Sections Particulars
Chapter I Preliminary
1 Short title, extend and commencement
2 Definitions
Chapter II Bar Councils
3 State Bar Councils
4 Bar Council of India
5 Bar Council to be body corporate
6 Functions of State Bar Councils
7 Functions of Bar Council of India
7A Membership in International Bodies
8 Terms of office of Members of State Bar Council
8A Constitution of Special Committee in the absence of elections
9 Disciplinary committees
9A Constitution of Legal Aids Committee
10 Constitution of committees other than disciplinary committees
10A Transaction of Business by Bar Councils and committees thereof
10B Disqualification of Members of Bar Council
11 Staff or Bar Council
12 Accounts and audit
13 Vacancies in Bar Councils and Committees thereof not to invalidate action taken
14 Election of Bar Council not to be questioned on certain grounds
15 Power to make rules
Chapter III Admission And Enrolment Of Advocates
16 Senior an other advocates
17 State Bar Councils to maintain roll of advocates
18 Transfer of name from one State roll to another
19 State Bar Council to send copies of rolls of advocates to the Bar Council of India
20 Special provision for enrolment of certain Supreme Court Advocates
21 Disputes regarding seniority
22 Certificate of enrolment
23 Right of pre-audience
24 Persons who may be admitted as advocates on a State roll
24A Disqualification for enrolment
25 Authority to whom applications for enrolment may be made
26 Disposal of an application for admission as an Advocate
26A Power to remove names from roll
27 Application once refused not to be entertained by another Bar Council except in certain circumstances
28 Power to make rules
Chapter IV Right To Practice
29 Advocates to be the only recognized class of persons entitled to Practice law
30 Right of Advocates to practice
31 [Omitted]
32 Power of Court to permit appearances in particular cases
33 Advocates alone entitled to practice
34 Power of High Courts to make rules
Chapter V Conduct Of Advocates
35 Punishment of Advocates for misconduct
36 Disciplinary powers of Bar Council of India
36A Changes in constitution of disciplinary committees
36B Disposal of disciplinary proceedings
37 Appeal to the Bar Council of India
38 Appeal to the Supreme Court
39 Application of sections 5 and 12 of Limitation Act, 1963
40 Stay of order
41 Alteration in roll of Advocates
42 Powers of disciplinary committee
42A Powers of Bar Council of India and other Committee India and other Committee
43 Cost of proceedings before a disciplinary committee
44 Review of orders by disciplinary committee
Chapter VI Miscellaneous
45 Penalty for persons illegally practicing in courts and before other authorities
46 [Omitted]
46A Financial Assistance to State Bar Councils
47 Reciprocity
48 Indemnity against legal proceedings
48A Power of Revision
48AA Review
48B Power to give directions
49 General power of the Bar Council of India to make rules
49A Power of Central Government to make rules
50 Repeal of certain enactments
51 Rule of construction
52 Saving
Chapter VII Temporary And Transitional Provisions
53 Elections to first State Bar Council
54 Terms of office of members of first State Bar Council
55 Rights of certain existing legal practitioners not affected
56 Dissolution of existing Bar Council
57 Power to make rules pending the constitution of a Bar Council
58 Special provisions during the transitional period
58A Special provision with respect to certain Advocates
58AA Special provisions in relation to Union Territory of Pondicherry
58AB Special provisions with respect to certain provisions enrolled by Mysore State Bar Council
58AC Special provisions with respect to certain provisions enrolled by Uttar Pradesh State Bar Council
58AD Special provisions with respect to certain persons migrating to India
58AE Special provisions in relation to the Union Territory of Goa, Daman and Diu
58AF Special provisions in relation to Jammu and Kashmir
58AG Special provisions in relation to Articled Clerks
58B Special provisions relating to certain disciplinary proceedings
59 Removal of difficulties
60 Power of Central Government to make rules

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