Advocate High Court

26. Persons qualified for admission as advocates.

– [ ] Subject to the provisions of this Act and the rules made thereunder, a person shall be qualified to be admitted as an advocate if he fulfills the following conditions, namely:-

(a)    he is a citizen of Pakistan or a person deriving his nationality from the State of Jammu and Kashmir:
Provided that, subject to the other provisions of this Act, a national of any other country  [who has resided in Pakistan for a period of not less than one year immediately preceding the day on which he applies for admission] may be admitted as an advocate if citizens of Pakistan duly qualified are permitted to practice law in that other country;
(b)    he has completed the age of twenty-one years;
(c)    he is a Barrister or is or was enrolled as an advocate of a High Court in any area which before the fourteenth day of August, 1947, was comprised within India as defined by the Government of India Act, 1935 (26 Geo. 5, c 2), or has obtained–
(i)    before the 7th day of February, 1966, a degree in law from any university in Pakistan; or
(ii)    before the fourteenth day of August, 1947, a degree in law from any university in any area which was comprised before that date within India as defined by the Government of India Act, 1935 (26 Geo 5, c 2); or
(iii)    a degree in law from a university in Pakistan or abroad recognized by the Pakistan Bar Council; and]
(d)    he has undergone such course of training and passed such examination after the training as may be prescribed by the Pakistan Bar council:
Provided that this clause shall not apply to any class of persons who, by reason of their legal training or experience, are declared by the Pakistan Bar Council to be exempt from the provisions of this clause; and
(e)    he has paid such enrollment fee and fulfills such other conditions as may be prescribed by the Pakistan Bar Council.

27. Persons qualified for admission as advocates of a High Court.

–Subject to the provisions of this Act and the rules made thereunder, a person shall be qualified to be admitted as an advocate of a High Court if he fulfills the following conditions, namely:-
(a)    he has practiced as an advocate, vakil or pleader before subordinate Courts in Pakistan for a period of not less than two years; or
(b)    he has practiced outside Pakistan as an advocate before any High Court specified in this behalf by the Pakistan Bar Council; or
(c)    he has, for reason of his legal training or experience, been exempted by the Provincial Bar Council, with the previous approval of the High Court, from the requirements of clause (a) and clause (b); and
(d)    he has paid such enrollment fee and fulfills such other conditions as may be prescribed by the Pakistan Bar Council.