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The Pakistan Bar Council is the highest elected body of lawyers in Pakistan established under an Act of the Parliament namely "THE LEGAL PRACTITIONERS & BAR COUNCILS ACT, 1973. The Attorney-General for Pakistan is its ex-officio Chairman whereas it has twenty two elected Members from throughout the country representing each province. The Members of the Pakistan Bar Council are elected on the basis of a single transferable vote by Members of the Provincial Bar Councils. The Council also elects its Vice-Chairman every year from amongst its elected Members.
The Pakistan Bar council exercises general control and supervision over the Provincial Bar Councils and regulate the entry of lawyers into the legal profession. The main functions of the Bar Council are to admit persons, fulfilling the requirements of law, as Advocates entitled to practice before the Supreme Court of Pakistan and to maintain Roll of such Advocates and to remove advocates from the said Roll. It also enjoys powers to entertain and determine cases of professional and other misconduct against Advocates of the Supreme Court and to award punishment in such cases. Some of the functions of the Pakistan Bar Council, under the above said Act, are:- Read more....