About the Bar Council

Introduction


The Bar Council of West Bengal constituted under the Advocates Act 1961 has several solemn duties to perform .Among others it has to lay down the standards of professional conduct and etiquette and also standards of legal education.The State Bar Council enrolls of advocates and enforcement of discipline is part of the obligations of the State Bar Council and the Bar Council of India exercises appellate jurisdiction. The Bar Council of West Bengal is a body corporate having perpetual succession and a common seal, with power to acquire and hold property, both movable and immovable and may by the name by which it is known sue and be sued. Section 6 of the Advocates Act lays down the functions of the State Council, which are as follows: -

6. Functions of State Bar Councils

I. THE FUNCTIONS OF A STATE BAR COUNCIL SHALL BE

(a)To admit persons as advocates on its roll; :

(b) prepare and maintain such roll;

(c) to entertain and determine cases of misconduct against advocates of its roll;

(d) to safeguard rights, privileges and interests of advocates of its roll;

[dd] to promote the growth of Bar Associations for the purposes of effective implementation of the welfare schemes referred to in clause

(a) of sub-section (2) of this section and clause (a) of sub-section (2) of this section 7;]

(e)to promote and support law reform;

[(ee) to conduct seminars and organise talks on legal topics by eminent jurists and publish journals and papers of legal interest;

(eee) to organise legal aid to the poor in the prescribed manner;

(f) to manage and invest the funds of the Bar Council;

(g) to provide for the election of its members:

(gg) to visit and inspect Universities in accordance with the directions given under clause (i) of subsection

(1) of section 7;

(h) to perform all other functions conferred on it by or under this Act;

(i) to do all other things necessary for discharging the aforesaid functions.

(2) A State Bar Council may constitute one or more funds in the prescribed manner for the purpose of:�

(a) giving financial assistance to organise welfare schemes for the indigent, disabled or other advocates;

(b) giving legal aid or advice in accordance with the rules made in this behalf;

(c) establishing law libraries.

(3) A State Bar Council may receive any grants, donations, gifts or benefactions for all or any of the purposes specified in subsection

(2) which shall be credited to the appropriate fund or funds constituted under that sub-section.]

II.COMPOSITION OF THE BAR COUNCIL OF WEST BENGAL:

The Bar Council of West Bengal consists of 26 Members. Out of the 26 Members, the Advocate General for the State of West Bengal is Ex-officio Members. The other 25 Members represent the 18 districts in the State of West Bengal . The Members are elected for a period of five years and the State Bar Council elects its own Chairman and Vice-Chairman for a period of two years from among the Members of the State Bar Council.

III. STATUTORY COMMITTEES OF THE STATE BAR COUNCIL :

The State Bar Council has several committees out of which the Enrolment Committee and the Disciplinary Committees are Statutory Committees.