Bar Council of Uttarakhand
Statutory body overview
Formed2005; 17 years ago (2005)
HeadquartersBar Council of Uttarakhand, Nainital
Statutory body executives
  • Arjun Singh Bhandari[1], Chairman
  • Ranjan Solanki, Vice-Chairman
Websitehttps://www.barcouncilofuttarakhand.org/

Bar Council of Uttarakhand is the regulatory and statutorily representative body for lawyers practicing law in the state of Uttarakhand. It was constituted as per the mandatory requirement as per Advocates Act, 1961 and Bar Council of India. In March 1953, S. R. Das as head of the 'All India Bar Committee', proposed the creation of the apex body as an All India Bar Council and Bar council at state levels and submitted a report to the Union Government of India. Members of the Bar Council are elected from among members enrolled and practicing as lawyers practicing law in the state of Uttarakhand and they represent the state in Bar Council of India meetings. Bar Council of a place designs standards of professional conduct to be followed by members, and designs etiquettes and has the power to enforce disciplinary guidelines over the members of bar council.

History

The Bar Council of Uttarakhand was formed in 2005 as per the requirement of Section 3 of Advocates Act, 1961 which mandates for each state of India to have its Bar Council. As per the guidelines, the legal profession in India and the standards of legal education would be regulated by the All India Bar Council. The Law Commission of India was suggested to prepare a report on judicial administration reforms in India.

Functions

Section 7 of the Advocates Act, 1961 lays down the regulatory and representative requirements which are mandatory for State Bar Councils. Bar Councils of each place has following functions:[2]

  1. As a statutory body regulating legal profession and education across state.
  2. Facilitating the election with rules for members to get elected and manage the Bar Council.
  3. Forwarding the names of elected members to Bar Council of India for formal approval as members.
  4. Facilitating the formation of managing committee like Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Treasurer of the Bar.
  5. Designing the professional behaviours and code to be followed by advocates who are its members.
  6. Lay down guidelines for disciplinary committees and other committees formed by it.
  7. Supporting with financial aid in case of need.
  8. Protecting the advocate members rights, benefits and safeguarding their interests.[3]
  9. Designing,Promoting and supporting law reform as per changing circumstances.
  10. Handle and resolve other issues or any matter placed before it by its members in adhoc situations.
  11. Design and organise seminars on wide legal topics in the interest of members by reputed jurists and publishing them in journals and magazines of legal circles and other sources of media.
  12. Facilitating legal aid to those who cant afford it.
  13. Ensuring that guidelines laid in various legal forums are followed by members.
  14. Initiating disciplinary action in case of professional misconduct.
  15. Supporting members with emergency services during natural calamities.
  16. Initiate disciplinary action in case the official premises is used for other than professional purpose.
  17. Fixing Annual Fee for members for enrolling in Council which includes fees for enrollment and funds towards identity card,building, library, indigent and other welfare schemes[4][5]
  18. Organising regular meeting with local associations enrolled with council.
  19. Enrolling various bar associations in the state as its associate members.
  20. Resolving disputes between members within timeframe.
  21. Initiating disciplinary action against members for complying to its policies.
  22. Enrolling newly qualified lawyers into council.[6][7][8]
  23. Occasionally verifying the renewal of the enrolled members.
  24. Ensuring polls are conducted to Bars associated with it.

Constitution

The council elects its own Chairman and Vice-Chairman for a period of five years from amongst its members. Assisted by the various committees of the Council, the chairman acts as the chief executive and director of the Council. Voting rights in elections are available only for advocates having a Certificate of Practice. Currently around 5000 members are enrolled in the Bar Council. As per the Advocates Act, the bar council of the state should have 25 members in case the members on roll exceeds 10000.

Arjun Singh Bhandari was elected as Chairman of Bar Council of Uttarakhand.

Enrollment of advocates

Graduates having a law degree from recognised universities permitted to impart legal education are admitted as advocates in The Bar Council of Uttarakhand. Law graduates can enroll online for Bar Council of Uttarakhand. State bar councils are empowered by Advocates Act, 1961 to frame rules according to their convenience for enrolling advocates in council. The enrollment committee formed by Councils will scrutinise a prospective member's application. Enrolled advocates of any bar council in-state are considered eligible to write the All India Bar Examination conducted by the Bar Council of India. After clearing the exam, they are certified by the Bar Council of India and issued 'a Certificate of Enrolment', which facilitates them to practice the profession of law in any High Court based in India and lower courts of the country, as an advocate. Advocates are required to qualify in the exam known as "Supreme Court Advocate on Record Examination" which is conducted by the Supreme Court exclusively to practice in the Supreme Court of Country.

Important actions

1. Bar Council of Uttarakhand was sent notice by Uttarakhand High Court after a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) for levying high registration fee on graduates for enrollment as an advocate was filed and the rules of Bar Council on the same was challenged.[9]

2. Bar Council of Uttarakhand was directed by Uttarakhand High Court to arrange funds for helping advocates in need during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown by coordinating with the Bar Council of India (BCI).[10]

3. Bar Council of Uttarakhand and its disciplinary committee was directed by Uttarakhand High Court to consider as misconduct if any advocate or group of advocates resorts to strikes or boycott of the courts, as it is illegal.[11]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Welcome to Bar Council of Uttarakhand". Bar Council of Uttarakhand. Retrieved 14 October 2021.
  2. ^ "Welcome to Bar Council of India". 103.25.172.19. Retrieved 24 September 2021.
  3. ^ Roy, Debayan (18 April 2020). "Plea in Uttarakhand High Court seeks subsistence allowance, waiver of rent and electricity bill etc. for Lawyers during COVID-19 Lockdown". Bar and Bench - Indian Legal news. Retrieved 26 November 2021.
  4. ^ "Uttarakhand High Court notice to Bar Council on enrolment fee". outlookindia.com. 28 July 2021. Retrieved 26 November 2021.
  5. ^ Jha, Prashant (29 July 2021). "PIL challenges high registration fees charged by the Uttarakhand Bar Council | Dehradun News - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 26 November 2021.
  6. ^ "Uttarakhand High Court Issues Notice To BCI, State Bar Council Over 'Exorbitant Enrollment Fees' | Legal Xpress News". legalxpress.news. 30 July 2021. Retrieved 26 November 2021.
  7. ^ "Uttarakhand High Court notice to Bar Council on enrolment fee". The Week. 28 July 2021. Retrieved 26 November 2021.
  8. ^ Bhaumik, Aaratrika (30 July 2021). "'Exorbitant Enrolment Fees': Uttarakhand High Court Issues Notice To BCI, State Bar Council". livelaw.in. Retrieved 26 November 2021.
  9. ^ "Uttarakhand High Court notice to Bar Council on enrolment fee". Outlook.com. 28 July 2021. Retrieved 16 October 2021.
  10. ^ "Uttarakhand HC directs State Bar Council to coordinate with BCI to arrange funds to help advocates in need amid COVID-19 Lockdown". Bar and Bench. 23 April 2020. Retrieved 16 October 2021.
  11. ^ "Illegal for advocates to boycott court: Uttarakhand HC". indianexpress.com. 26 September 2019. Retrieved 16 October 2021.