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Section 17 of Advocates Act 1961 - State Bar Councils to maintain roll of advocates

What are the rules regarding State Bar Councils to maintain roll of advocates? Section 17 of Advocates Act, 1961


Section 17 : State Bar Councils to maintain roll of advocates

(1) Every State Bar Council, shall prepare and maintain a roll of advocates in which shall be entered the names and address of -

(a) all persons who were entered as advocates on the roll of any High Court under the Indian Bar Councils Act, 1926 (38 of 1926) immediately before the appointed day [(Note:- Subs. by Act 60 of 1973, sec.14, for the work "and who within the prescribed time".) including persons, being citizens of India, who before the 15th day of August, 1947, were enrolled as advocates under the said Act in any area which before the said date was comprised within India as defined in the Government of India Act, 1935, and who at any time] express an intention in the prescribed manner to practice within the jurisdiction of the Bar Councils.

(b) all other persons who are admitted to be advocates on the roll of the State Bar Council under this Act on or after the appointed day.

(2) Each such roll of advocates shall consist of two parts, the first part containing the names of senior advocates and the second part, the names of other advocates.

(3) Entries in each part of the roll of advocates prepared and maintained by a State Bar Council under this section shall be in the order of seniority, [(Note:- Subs. by Act 21 of 1964, sec.9, for the words "and, such seniority shall be determined".) and, subject to any rule that may be made by the Bar council of India in this behalf, such seniority shall be determined] as follows-

a. The seniority of an advocate referred to in clause (a) sub section (1) shall be determined in accordance with his date of enrolment under the Indian Bar Council Act, 1926 (38 of 1926)

b. The seniority of any person who was a senior advocate of the Supreme Court immediately before the appointed day, shall, for the purpose of the first part of the State roll, be determined in accordance with such principles as the Bar Council of India may specify.

c. (Note:- Clause (c) omitted by Act 60 of 1973, sec.14).


d. The seniority of any other person who, on or after the appointed day, is enrolled as a senior advocate or is admitted as an advocate shall be determined by the date of such enrolment or admission, as the case may be .

e. (Note:- Ins. by Act 47 of 1980, sec.2) Notwithstanding anything contained in clause (a) the seniority of an attorney enrolled (whether before or after the commencement of the Advocates (Amendment) Act, 1980 as an advocate shall be determined in accordance with the date of his enrolment as an attorney.

(4) no person shall be enrolled as an advocate on the roll of more than one State Bar Council.


Section 16 : Senior and other advocates

Section 17 : State Bar Councils to maintain roll of advocates

Section 18 : Transfer of name from one State roll to another

Section 19 : State Bar Councils to send copies of rolls of advocates to the Bar Council of India

Section 20 : Special provision for enrolment of certain Supreme Court advocates

Section 21 : Disputes regarding seniority

Section 22 : Certificate of enrolment

Section 23 : Right of pre-audience

Section 24 : Persons who may be admitted as advocates on a State roll

Section 24A : Disqualification for enrolment

Section 25 : Authority to whom applications for enrolment may be made

Section 26 : Disposal of an application for admission as an advocate

Section 26A : Power to remove names from roll

Section 27 : Application once refused not to be entertained by another Bar Council except in certain circumstances

Section 28 : Power to make rules


Section 29 : Advocates to be the only recognized class of persons entitled to practice law

Section 30 : Right of advocates to practice

Section 31 - Special Power of Attorney (Repealed)

Section 32 : Power of court to permit appearances in particular cases

Section 33 : Advocates alone entitled to practice

Section 34 : Power of High Courts to make rules


Section 35 : Punishment of advocates for misconduct

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