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    The Bar Association Of India

RULES AND REGULATIONS

  1. Interpretation
  2. “Association” means the Bar Association of India
  3. Membership
  4. There will be the following classes of members:
    1. Founder Members
    2. Life Members
    3. Ordinary Members
    4. Honorary Members
    5. Ex.Officio Members
    6. Corporate Members
    7. Patron Members


    1. Founder Members
    2. Any Judge of a court of law or any Advocate, on the roll of advocates of the Supreme Court or any High Court, whether in active practice or not, on his paying not less than Rs. 200/- within six months of the registration of the Association shall be a founder member, provided that the President may extend the period for a further term of six months. A founder member shall be deemed to be a member for life.
    3. Life Members
    4. Any Judge of a court of law or any Advocate, on the roll of advocates of the Supreme Court or any High Court whether in active practice or not shall, on his paying a fee of not less than Rs.5,000/-, be eligible to be a life member. For an advocate of more than 10 years standing in practice, the life membership fee shall be Rs.10,000 and for any designated senior advocate, Rs.15,000 after the expiry of the period referred to in Sub Rule (a) hereof, from the date of the registration of the Association, be eligible to be a life member.
    5. Ordinary Members
    6. Any Judge of a court of law or any Advocate, on the roll of advocates of the Supreme Court or any High Court, whether in active practice or not, shall on his paying a sum of not less than Rs. 500/- annually be eligible to be an ordinary member.
      Expl. : Any Judge or Advocate as aforesaid applying to be a life or ordinary member shall be proposed and seconded by members of the Association and on the proposal being approved by the Executive Committee shall be enrolled as a member.
    7. Honorary Membe
    8. The Governing Council may elect a person as an Honorary Member on account of his meritorious service to the profession, to the science of law, to the maintenance and reform of the administration of justice, to the maintenance and support of free and democratic form of Government or to the maintenance and promotion of the Rule of Law.
    9. Ex-officio Members
    10. The Attorney-General, the Solicitor General and the Additional Solicitor – General of India and the Advocate General of every State in India shall, unless he is a founder member, be an ex-officio life member, provided he pays Rs. 15,000/- in a lump sum, or an ex-officio ordinary member if he pays Rs. 500/- per annum.
    11. Corporate Members
    12. The Supreme Court Bar Association, a State Federation of Advocates, a High Court Bar Association, a District Bar Association and any other Bar Association of Advocates practicing before Lower Courts or Tribunals will be eligible to be enrolled as a corporate member on payment of the following annual subscriptions
      • Supreme Court Bar Association    Rs. 1500/-
      • State Federation    Rs. 1500/-
      • High Court Bar Association    Rs. 1000/-
      • Incorporated Law Society    Rs. 1500/-
      • District Court Bar Association    Rs. 500/-
      • Other Bar Associations    Rs. 500/-

      Expl. :
      i) A State Federation shall be enrolled as a member on its satisfying the Executive Committee of its representative character.
      ii) For the purposes of this rule an association of Advocates of a City Civil Court shall be deemed to be a District Court Bar Association.
    13. Patron Members
    14. Any Judge of a court of law or any Advocate, on the roll of advocates of the Supreme Court or any High Court, whether in active practice or not, shall on his paying not less than Rs.5 lakhs, (one time fees) be eligible to be a Patron Member. A Patron Member shall be deemed to be a Permanent Member for life.
  5. Subscriptions
    1. All subscriptions shall be payable in advance within three months of the commencement of the financial year.
    2. The financial year shall commence from the 1st of April each year and end on the 31st of March of the following year.
    3. If any member shall fail to pay his subscription within three months after it has become due, a notice in writing shall be sent to him by registered post by one of the Secretaries to his address as recorded in the register of members calling upon him to pay the same within three months from the date of the notice. If the member shall fail so to pay his subscription, the Executive Committee shall be entitled to terminate his membership without further notice.
  6. Removal of Members
  7. Any member acting in a manner not befitting a member of the Association or in contravention of its objects, Rules, Regulations or Bye-laws or the code of conduct from time to time laid down by the Governing Council shall be liable to be removed from the roll of members or censured or otherwise dealt with by the Governing Council; provided that the member concerned shall not be so removed, censured or otherwise dealt with, unless he has been given an opportunity of being heard by a Committee of the Governing Council in respect of the acts or conduct alleged against him and after a consideration of the report of such Committee. No member shall be removed from the roll of members except by a vote of the majority of 3/5th of the members of the Governing Council. Such vote may be taken by postal ballot.
  8. Governing Council
  9. There shall be a Governing Council of the Association which shall consist of the following:-
    1. Appointed by Corporate Members
      1. Two members by the Supreme Court Bar Association to represent the Supreme Court Bar Association;
      2. Two members by each State Bar Federation to represent such State Bar Federation;
      3. One Member by each High Court Bar Association, to represent that Association;
      4. Two members to represent any incorporated Law Society which is a Corporate member of the Association.
    2. Elected by Corporate Members
      1. One member to be elected from amongst all District Bar Associations if there are 5 or less District Bar Associations, to represent the District Bar Associations of that State.
      2. Two members to be elected from amongst District Bar Associations in the State, if there are more than 5 and upto 10 District Bar Associations to represent the District Bar Associations of that State.
      3. Three members to be elected from amongst District Bar Associations in the State, if there are 11 or more District Bar Associations to represent the District Bar Associations of that State”.
      4. Two members to be elected from amongst all Bar Associations of Advocates practicing in lower courts or tribunals in each State to represent such Bar Association;
      5. One member to be elected from amongst all Bar Associations in the Union Territories to represent such Bar Associations.
    3. Elected by individual Members
      1. One member elected by all individual members in each State if there are 250 or less individual members in that State.
      2. Two members elected by all individual members in each State if there are more than 250 but not more than 500 members in that State.
      3. Three members elected by all individual members in a State if there are more than 500 members in that State.
    4. Ex-Officio Members
    5. The Attorney General of India,
      The Solicitor General of India,
      The Additional Solicitor General of India,
      The Office bearers of the outgoing Governing Council,
      The Advocate General of each State
      The President of the Supreme Court Bar Association and the President of each High Court Bar Association and each State Bar Federation (Provided that any such President may nominate either the Vice President or Secretary of his Association to attend a meeting of the Council in his place).
    6. 5 Members nominated by the President
  10. First Governing Council
  11. The members of the first Governing Council shall be the following :
    • Shri M.C. Setalvad, Attorney General of India, President
    • Dr. K.M. Munshi, Vice-President
    • Shri K. Rajah Iyer, Vice-President
    • Shri N.C. Chatterjee, Treasurer
    • Shri C.B. Agarwala, General Secretary
    • Shri P.K. Bose, General Secretary
    • Shri Purshottam Trikamdas, General Secretary
    • Shri C.R. Pattabhi Raman, General Secretary
    • The Solicitor General of India
    • The Additional Solicitor General of India
    The Advocate General of each State and the President of each High Court Bar Association and of State Bar Federations in India.
  12. Executive Committee
  13. There shall be an Executive Committee consisting of the following:-
    • One President
    • One Associate President; who will ordinarily be proposed for election to the office of the next President
    • Not more than nine Vice-Presidents
    • Two immediate Past Presidents
    • One General Secretary;
    • One Associate General Secretary, who will ordinarily be proposed for election to the office of the next General Secretary
    • Not more than four Joint General Secretaries;
    • One Treasurer and One Joint Treasurer;

    Note: The General Secretary, the Associate General Secretary and the Treasurer shall ordinarily be residents of the National Capital Region.

    The above office bearers and one member from each State and one member from all the Union Territories to be elected by the Governing Council as provided in Rule 10-B(1) and 10-B(2) at the Annual General meeting at which a new Executive Committee is constituted.
    Ex-officio and nominated members:-
    • The Attorney General of India;
    • The Solicitor General of India;
    • Not more than five members nominated by the President with the approval of the Executive Committee from amongst the members of the Association;
    • One State Secretary to be nominated by the President in consultation with the Executive Committee from each such State or Union Territory as he may designate from amongst members of the Association (in such State or Union Territory)”.
  14. The Governing Council may on the recommendation of the Executive Committee appoint any member who has rendered exceptional, dedicated or outstanding service to the Association or to the legal profession, as an Honorary President of the Association as a lifetime honour. Any one so appointed shall be entitled to attend and vote at meetings of the Governing Council. The Executive Committee may co-opt from time to time for a fixed term any such appointee (subject to a maximum of two at any point of time) as a member of the Executive Committee.
  15. Editor of the Indian Advocate , journal of the Bar Association of India and the Chairperson, BAI women Lawyers Forum shall be Ex-Officio Members of the Executive Committee.
  16. There shall be a Board of Advisors consisting of not more than 9 members to be nominated by the President with the concurrence of the Executive Committee to advise the Executive Committee, who will be entitled to participate in the meetings of the Executive Committee. The members of the Board of Advisors will generally be the past office bearers of the Association.
  17. Vice-President
  18. Vice Presidents to be in-charge of Sections: Each new Executive Committee shall nominate one or more Vice Presidents to be responsible for any Section/s to undertake activities in relation to specific areas and shall designate the following sections in the first instance ordinarily at the first meeting of the new Executive Committee:
    1. Business Law including arbitration and intellectual property
    2. Human Rights and Criminal Law
    3. Law Reforms including Legislation and Environmental Law
    4. Ethics in the profession and standards of the judiciary, judicial reforms
    5. Information Technology and media law

    The Executive Committee may re-designate, alter or create new sections as it deems fit. The Vice-President in-charge will formulate his scheme and on its approval by the Executive Committee may structure his own Section including nominating its Secretary, Conveners and sub-Committees with intimation to the Executive Committee. Each Section will be entitled to raise funds for its activity provided that proper accounts shall be maintained and submitted to the Executive Committee through the Treasurer in the normal course or as and when required by the Executive Committee. The Secretariat of the Association shall assist the Sections in their activities.
    Any Vice-President may perform such other duties and functions as may be delegated to him by the President from time to time.

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