Constitution / organization / Composition of Bar Council of India : 

       Section 4 (1) of the Advocate Act 1961 provides that there shall be a Bar Council for the territories to which this Act extends to be known as the Bar Council of India which shall consist of the following members, namely —


         
          (a) the Attorney-General of India, ex officio;

         (b) the Solicitor-General of India, ex officio;

         (c) one member elected by each State Bar Council from amongst its members.

Section 4(1-A) No person shall be eligible for being elected as a member of the Bar Council of India unless he possesses the qualifications specified in the proviso to sub-section (2) of section 3 of the Advocates  Act.
 Section 4(2) of the said Act provides that there shall be a Chairman and a Vice-Chairman of the Bar Council of India elected by the Council in such manner as may be prescribed.

Section 4 (2-A) makes it clear that a person holding office as Chairman or as Vice-Chairman of the Bar Council of India immediately before the commencement of the Advocates (Amendment) Act, 1977 , shall, on such commencement, cease to hold office as Chairman or Vice- Chairman, as the case may be:

     Provided that such person shall continue to carry on the duties of his office until the Chairman or the Vice-Chairman, as the case may be, of the Council, elected after the commencement of the Advocates (Amendments) Act, 1977, assumes charge of the office.

 The term of office : 
 
           The term of office of a member of the Bar Council of India elected by the State Bar Council shall —

                (i) in the case of a member of a State Bar Council who holds office ex-officio, be two years from the date of his election or till he ceases to be a member of the State Bar Council, whichever is earlier, and

               (ii) in any other case, be for the period for which he holds office as a member of the State Bar Council:

    Provided that every such member shall continue to hold office as a member of the Bar Council of India until his successor is elected.



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