Bar council

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A bar council (Irish: Comhairle an Bharra) or bar association, in a common law jurisdiction with a legal profession split between solicitors and barristers or advocates, is a professional body that regulates the profession of barristers. In such jurisdictions, solicitors are generally regulated by the law society.

In common law jurisdictions with no distinction between barristers and solicitors (i.e. where there is a "fused profession"), the professional body may be called variously a Law Society, Bar Council or a bar association.

List of some bar councils and bar associations[edit]

The following are bar councils and bar associations that are professional bodies for barristers in common law jurisdictions with a split legal profession.

  • The Legal Practice Council, the regulatory body in South Africa that regulates the activities of all lawyers in South Africa
  • The General Council of the Bar of South Africa, the body to which most regional bar associations in South Africa belong
  • The Johannesburg Society of Advocates, the largest bar association in Johannesburg, South Africa