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Section 7 – The Advocates Act, 1961

The Advocates Act, 1961



Section.7. Functions of Bar Council of India.

1[(1)] The functions of the Bar Council of India shall be-




(b) to lay down standards of professional conduct and etiquette for advocates;


(c) to lay down the procedure to be followed by its disciplinary committee and the disciplinary committee of each State Bar Council;


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


(e) to promote and support law reform;


(f) to deal with and dispose of any matter arising under this

Act, which may be referred to it by a State Bar Council;


(g) to exercise general supervision and control over State Bar Councils;


(h) to promote legal education and to lay down standards of such education in consultation with the universities in India imparting such education and the State Bar Councils;


(i) to recognise universities whose degree in law shall be a qualification for enrolment as an advocate and for that purpose to visit and inspect universities; 3[or cause the State Bar Councils to visit and inspect universities in accordance with such directions as it may give in this behalf;]


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


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


(ic) To r


ecognise on a reciprocal basis foreign qualifications in law obtained outside Indian for the purpose of admission as advocate under this Act;]


(j) To manage and invest the funds of the Bar Council;


(k) To provide for the election of its members;


(l) To perform all other functions conferred on it by or under this Act;


(m) To do all other things necessary for discharging the aforesaid functions;



5[(2) The Bar Council of India may constitute one or more funds in the prescribed manner for the purpose of-


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


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


6[( c) Establishing law libraries.]


5(3) The Bar Council of India may receive any grants, donations, gifts or benefactions for all or any of the purposes specified in sub-section (2) which shall be credited to the appropriate fund or funds constituted under that sub-section].

1. Renumbered as sub-s. (1) by Act 60 of 1973

2. Inserted by Act 70 of 1993.

3. Inserted by Act 60 of 1973.


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