Punjab Bar Council
Building of the Punjab Bar Council
|Formation||January 1, 1974|
|Region served||Punjab, Pakistan|
The Punjab Bar Council (Urdu: پنجاب بار کونسل) is a supreme statutory & Deliberative assembly of lawyers in Punjab for safeguarding the rights, interests and privileges of practicing lawyers, regulating their conduct and helping in the administration of justice within Punjab, Pakistan. It is also 1st biggest Bar Council of Pakistan in-respect of its licensees. More than 70,000 advocates are Licensee of Punjab Bar Council. All Bar associations of Punjab including District Bar Associations and High Court Bar Associations works under the Jurisdiction of Punjab Bar Council. The Punjab Bar Council, based in Lahore, Pakistan, came into being as a result of the promulgation of the Legal Practitioners and Bar Councils Act, 1973 (Act XXXV of 1973). The Council commenced functioning with effect from 1 January 1974.
The Punjab Bar Council consists of Chairman Executive Committee & Vice Chairman, both elected by Members of Punjab Bar Council each Year and Members of Punjab Bar Council elected by the advocates from different constituencies across the Punjab Province. Members serve a term of five years, beginning on January 1, with elections held each November to fill seats of those whose terms will expire in the following January. The Advocate General of the Punjab, acts as ex officio Chairman of Punjab Bar Council.
Chairman Executive, Punjab Bar Council
The Chairman of Executive Committee is Chief Executive of Bar Council and is elected by the members of the Council in each year. Chairman Executive Committee has full authority to decide matters of Bar Council in every aspect. under the Punjab Legal Practitioners and Bar Councils Rules, 1974, the Chairman of Executive Committee exercise the powers (a) to implement the decisions of Bar Council (b) to advise the Bar Council in all matters relating to its functions (c) to supervise and deal with the all matters regarding administration of the Bar Council (d) to constitute sub-committee and to entrust such of its functions thereto as may be necessary (e) to institute and defend other proceedings on the behalf of Bar Council (f) to perform such functions as the Bar Council may entrust to it.
Vice Chairman, Punjab Bar Council
Vice Chairman is presiding officer of Bar Council and Elected by the members of the Council in January each year. under the Punjab Legal Practitioners and Bar Councils Rules 1974, Vice Chairman is ex officio Member of each Committee of Bar Council.
Members of Punjab Bar Council
Members of Punjab Bar Council are legislatures of lawyers elected after every four years from Punjab Province of Pakistan. they remain member of Punjab Bar Council for 5 years. There are total 75 seats for Members of Punjab Bar Council elected by the Advocates acrosss Punjab Province and these Members of Punjab Bar Council further elect Chairman Executive, Punjab Bar Council and Vice Chairman, Punjab Bar Council in end of January every year.
A person is qualified to be elected as Member if he:-
(a) is on the Roll of advocates maintained by the Bar Council (b) has been an advocate of not less than ten years standing (c) has cleared all the dues payable by him Disqualification For Membership (Section 5B)
A person is disqualified to be elected as Member if he:-
(a) was dismissed or removed from service of Govt, or Public Statutory Corporation, or (b) Convicted of an offence involving moral turpitude, or (c) Has been found guilty of professional misconduct, or (d) Has been declared a tout, or (e) Is an undischarged insolvent. Cessation of Membership of the Bar Council (Section 5C)
A Member of the Bar Council shall cease to be such Member if he:-
(a) is appointed to an office of profit in the service of Pakistan, or (b) is suspended or removed from practice, or (c) incurs any of the disqualification specified in Section 5B., above. Function (Section 9)
To admit persons as advocates. To hold written examinations for admission as advocates and to prepare/maintain the Roll of such advocates. To admit persons as advocates of the High Court and to prepare/maintain the Roll of such advocates. To entertain & determine cases of misconduct against advocates on its Rolls and to order punishment in such cases.(Sections 41 to 45). To promote and suggest Law reforms. To manage & administer the property and funds of the Bar Council and to invest its funds. To conduct the elections of its Members. To prescribe conditions for the recognition and functioning/to recognise and derecognise Bar Associations. To make available free Legal Aid to the indigent litigants.
- Secretary: A full-time employee, responsible to perform duties enshrined under the Legal Practitioners and Bar Councils Act, 1973, and the Punjab Legal Practitioners & Bar Council Rules, 1974 and to deal with the administrative affairs. Subject to the provisions of the act and the rules the secretary shall, under the supervisory control of the Executive Committee. of Punjab Bar Council.
The main function of the Punjab Bar Council is to regulate the practice of advocates within the province. It is charged with promulgating rules for admission to practice, and with monitoring individual advocates for adherence to such rules. Only those advocates recognized by the Bar Council may represent clients in the all Branches of Lahore High Court, District Courts and Session Courts in Punjab, Pakistan.
List of Elected Leaders
|Year||Chairman Executive||Vice Chairman|
|2009-10||Rana Arif Kamal Noon||Asif Ali Malik|
|2010-11||Rana Muhammad Akram Khan||Mumtaz Mustafa|
|2011-12||Zafar Mehmood Mughal||Muhammad Lehrasib Khan Gondal|
|2012-13||Rana Muhammad Asif Saeed||Malik Ghulam Abbas Nissoana|
|2013-14||Tahir Nasrullah Warraich||Ahmer Hussain Cheema|
|2014-15 Elections Could not take place||Executive of council dissolved||2013-14 Vice Chairman (Continued)|
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