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4. Composition of Bar Councils.-

(1) Every Bar Council shall consist of fifteen members, of whom-

(a) one shall be the Advocate-General;

(b) four shall be persons nominated by the High Court, of whom not more than two may be Judges of that Court; and

(c) ten shall be elected by the advocates of the High Court from amongst their number.

(2) of the elected members of every Bar Council not less than five shall be persons who have for not less than ten years been entitled as of right to practise in the High Court for which the Bar Council has been constituted.

2[Explanation.-For the purpose of election to the Bar Council for the High Court of Gujarat, the period of ten years aforesaid shall be computed after taking into account the period for which the person concerned was entitled as of right to practise in the High Court of Bombay or of Saurashtra or in the Judicial Commissioner's Court of Kutch before the 1st day of May, 1960.]

(3) of the elected members of the Bar Councils to be constituted for the High Courts of Judicature at Fort William in Bengal and at Bombay such proportion as the High Court may direct in each case shall be persons who have, for such minimum period as the High Court may determine, been entitled to practise in the High Court in the exercise of its original jurisdiction, and such number as may be fixed by the High Court out of the said proportion shall be barristers of England or Ireland or members of the Faculty of Advocates in Scotland.

(4) There shall be a Chairman and Vice-Chairman of each Bar Council elected by the Council in such manner as may be prescribed: 3[Provided that the Advocates-General of West Bengal, Madras Maharashtra and Gujarat shall be Chairmen ex officio, respectively, of the Bar Councils constituted for the High Courts of those States.]

1. The Provisions of sections 3 to 7, sub-sections (1), (2) and (3) of section 9, section 15 and section 20, shall stand repealed in the territory for which the State Bar Council is constituted vide 25 of 1961, s. 50 (1).

2. Ins. by At 11 of 1960, s. 72.

3. Subs. by s. 72, ibid., for the proviso.

Indian Bar Councils Act, 1926 Back

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