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Section 24 – The State of Himachal Pradesh Act,1970

The State of Himachal Pradesh Act,1970

Section 24. Special provision relating to Advocates and Bar Council

(1) Subject to any rule made or direction given by the High Court of Himachal Pradesh in this behalf, any person who immediately before the appointed day is an advocate entitled to practise in the High Court of Delhi shall be entitled to practise as an advocate in the High Court of Himachal Pradesh.

(2) The right of audience in the High Court of Himachal Pradesh shall be regulated in accordance with the like principles as immediately before the appointed day are in force with respect to the right of audience in the High Court of Delhi.

(3) On and from the appointed day, in the Advocates Act,1961 (here-after in this section referred to as the Advocates Act) , in section 3.—

(a) In sub-section (1) , for clause (d) , the following clauses shall be substituted, namely:—

“(d) For the States of Punjab and Haryana and the Union territory of Chandigarh, to be known as the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana;

(dd) For the State of Himachal Pradesh, to be known as the Bar Council of Himachal Pradesh;”;

(b) In clause (b) of sub-section (2) , after the words “Bar Council of Orissa”, the words”.the Bar Council of Himachal Pradesh shall be inserted.

(4) The provisions of section 17 of the Advocates Act shall have effect in respect of the roll of the Bar Council of Himachal Pradesh subject to the modifications that—

(a) For clause (a) of sub-section (1) of the said section 17, the following clause shall be substituted, namely:–

“(a) All persons who were entered as advocates on the roll of the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana immediately before the day appointed under clause (b) of section 2 of the State of Himachal Pradesh Act,1970, and who within three months from that day express in such manner as the Bar Council of India may, by rules, prescribe an intention in writing to practise within the jurisdiction of the Bar Council of Himachal Pradesh;”;

(b) In clause (a) of sub-section (3) of the said section 17, for the words and figures “with his date of enrolment under the Indian Bar Councils Act,1926”, (38 of 1926) the words “with his seniority on the roll of the Bar council of Punjab and Haryana” shall be substituted.

(5) Notwithstanding anything contained in the Advocates Act as amended or modified by sub-sections (3) and (4).

(a) in the case of the first Bar Council of Himachal Pradesh under that Act, the fifteen members required to be elected under clause (b) of sub-section (2) of section 3 of that Act, a amended by sub-section (3).shall be nominated by the Chief Justice of the High Court of Himachal Pradesh from amongst advocates who are entitled as of right to practise in the High Court of Himachal Pradesh and are ordinarily practising within the territories comprised in the State of Himachal Pradesh and the term of office of the members so nominated shall be one year from the date of the first meeting of the Council or until their successors are duly elected in accordance with the provisions of the said Act, whichever is earlier;

(b) Until the members of the first Bar Council of Himachal Pradesh required to be nominated under clause (a) are duly nominated in accordance with the provisions of that clause, the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana shall function as the Bar Council of Himachal Pradesh and the provisions of the Advocates Act shall, so far as may be, apply accordingly;

(c) The names of persons entered on the roll of the Bar Council of Himachal Pradesh in accordance with the provisions of clause (a) of sub-section (1) of section 17 of the Advocates Act, as modified by sub-section (4) , shall as from the date or dates on which the names are so entered, stand removed from the roll of the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana;

(d) Any proceedings
which may be pending or which may be instituted against any person before or by the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana immediately before his name is removed under clause (c) from the roll of that Bar Council may after such removal be continued or instituted before or by the Bar Council of Himachal Pradesh;

(e) Every person who immediately before his name stands removed from the roll of the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana in accordance wit the provisions of clause (c) is a member of the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana shall cease to be a member of that Council as from the date on which his name stands so removed from the roll of that Bar Council;

(f) The rules made or deemed to have been made by the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana and in force immediately before the date on which the first Bar Council of Himachal Pradesh is duly constituted in accordance with the provisions of clause (a) shall, subject to such modifications and adaptations as may be made therein by the Chairman of the Bar Council of Himachal Pradesh, be deemed to be rules made by the Bar Council of Himachal Pradesh and shall have effect accordingly.

(6) As soon as may be, after the first Bar Council of Himachal Pradesh is duly constituted in accordance with the provisions of clause (a) of sub-section (5) , the assets and liabilities of the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana shall be apportioned between that Bar Council and the Bar Council of Himachal Pradesh in such manner an proportion as may be agreed upon by the two Bar Councils and in default of agreement with reference to any matter, the matter shall be referred to the Chairman of the Bar Council of India and his decision thereon shall be final.

Explanation

Expressions used in this section but not defined in this Act shall have the meanings assigned to them respectively in the Advocates Act.

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