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34. Special provisions relating to advocates and Bar Council.-

(1) Subject to any rule made or direction given by the common High Court in this behalf, any person, who immediately before the appointed day, is an advocate entitled to practise in the High Court of Assam and Nagaland or in the Court of the Judicial Commissioner for Manipur or in the Court of the Judicial Commissioner for Tripura, shall be entitled to practise as an advocate in the common High Court.

(2) The right of audience in the common High Court shall be regulated in accordance with the like principles as, immediately before the appointed day, are in force with respect to the right of audience in the High Court of Assam and Nagaland:

Provided that as among the Advocates-General of the States of Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura, the right of audience shall be determined with reference to their dates of enrolment as advocates. 17

(3) On and from the appointed day, in the Advocates Act, 1961 (25 of 1961) (hereafter in this Part referred to as the Advocates Act), in section 3,-

(a) in sub-section (1),-

(i) for clause (b), the following clause shall be substituted, namely:-

"(b) for the States of Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura and the Union territories of Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh, to be known as the Bar Council of Assam, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur and Tripura.";

(ii) in clause (e), for the words "Union territories of Tripura and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands", the words "Union territory of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands" shall be substituted;

(b) in sub-section (2), in clause (b), for the words "Bar Council of Assam", the words "Bar Council of Assam, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur and Tripura" shall be substituted.

(4) The provisions of section 17 of the Advocates Act shall have effect in respect of the roll of the Bar Council of Assam, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur and Tripura subject to the modifications that,-

(a) for clause (a) of sub-section (1) of the said section 17, the following clause shall be substituted, namely:-

"(a) all persons who were entered as advocates,-

(i) on the roll of the Bar Council of Assam and Nagaland immediately before the day appointed under clause (b) of section 2 of the North-Eastern Areas (Reorganisation) Act, 1971;

(ii) on the roll of the Bar Council of West Bengal immediately before that day and who, within three months from that day, express in such manner as the Bar Council of India may, by rules, prescribe their intention in writing to practise within the jurisdiction of the Bar Council of Assam, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur and Tripura;";

(b) in clause (a) of sub-section (3) of the said section 17, for the words and figures "with his date of enrolment under the Indian Bar Councils Act, 1926," (38 of 1926) the words "with his seniority on the roll of the Bar Council of Assam and Nagaland or, as the case may be, the Bar Council of West Bengal" shall be substituted.

(5) Notwithstanding anything contained in the Advocates Act, as amended or modified by sub-sections (3) and (4),-

(a) in the case of the first Bar Council of Assam, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur and Tripura under that Act, the fifteen members required to be elected under clause (b) of sub-section (2) of section 3 of that Act, shall be nominated by the Chief Justice of the common High Court from amongst the advocates who are entitled as of right of practise in that High Court and are ordinarily practising within the territories comprised in the States of Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura and the Union territories of Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh and the term of office of the members so nominated shall be one year from the date of the first meeting of the Council or until their successors are duly elected in accordance with the provisions of the said Act, whichever is earlier;

(b) the names of persons entered on the roll of the Bar Council of Assam, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur and Tripura from the roll of the Bar Council of West Bengal in accordance with the provisions of clause (a) of sub-section (1) of section 17 of the Advocates Act, as modified by sub-section (4), shall, as from the date or dates on which the names are so entered, stand removed from the roll of the Bar Council of West Bengal;

(c) any proceedings which were pending or which may be instituted against any person before or by the Bar Council of Assam and Nagaland or by the Bar Council of West Bengal immediately before his name is entered in the roll of the Bar Council of Assam, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur and 18

Tripura in accordance with the provisions of clause (a) of sub-section (1) of section 17 of the Advocates Act, as modified by sub-section (4), may, after such entry, be continued or instituted before or by the Bar Council of Assam, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur and Tripura;

(d) every person who, immediately before his name stands removed from the roll of the Bar Council of West Bengal in accordance with the provisions of clause (b), is a member of the Bar Council of West Bengal, shall cease to be a member of that Council as from the date on which his name stands so removed from the roll of that Bar Council;

(e) the rules made or deemed to have been made by the Bar Council of Assam and Nagaland and in force immediately before the date on which the first Bar Council of Assam, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur and Tripura is duly constituted in accordance with the provisions of clause (a), shall, subject to such modifications and adaptations as may be made therein by the Chairman of the Bar Council of Assam, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur and Tripura, be deemed to be rules made by that Bar Council and shall have effect accordingly.

(6)(a) As from the appointed day, the assets and liabilities of the Bar Council of Assam and Nagaland shall pass to the Bar Council of Assam Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur and Tripura.

(b) The assets and liabilities of the Bar Council of West Bengal shall be apportioned between that Bar Council and the Bar Council of Assam, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur and Tripura in such manner and proportion as may be agreed upon by the Bar Councils and in default of agreement with reference to any matter, the matter shall be referred to the Chairman of the Bar Council of India and his decision thereon shall be final.

Explanation.-Expressions used in this section but not defined in this Act shall have the meanings assigned to them respectively in the Advocates Act.



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