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COMMITTES OF PROVINCIAL AND

PAKISTAN BAR COUNCIL


Committees are not an optional or extra in bar councils but an essential
part of their structure. Head(s) of the committees and committee
members must work together to ensure the competent running of a
bar councils. This means working towards the agreed aims and
objectives as set out in a bar council's constitution/policy. In order to
set up and work with committees, they will need to think about:
The main role of the committee.
How committees work.
When forming a committee you will need to find people who will be
responsible for the smooth running of the council. Additionally, it could
be most advantageous to invite people with more experience and
specialized knowledge. The main duties of the committee are to ensure
the continuity of the council in terms of enrolment, discipline and
leadership.
Committees in provincial and Pakistan bar councils are almost have
same tasks and purposes, as both have executive committee,
disciplinary committee and enrollment committee. But both provincial
and Pakistan bar councils may make new committees when needed.

SEC 10: COMMITTEES OF PROVINCIAL


BAR COUNCIL
(1) A Provincial Bar Council shall constitute the following standing
committees, namely:(a) an executive committee consisting of a Chairman and not more than
five other members, to be elected by the Council from amongst its
members; 1 *.+
(aa) a disciplinary committee consisting of not more than five members
to be elected by the Council from amongst its members; and 2
(b) one or more enrolment committees, each consisting of a Judge of
the High Court for the Province, 3[ ] nominated by the Chief Justice of
that High Court, who shall be its Chairman, and two other members
elected by the Council from amongst its members.
(2)Each of the aforesaid committees shall have such powers and
functions as my be prescribed.

1:
The word and was omitted by the Legal Practitioners and Bar Councils (Amendment) Ordinance, 1982,
(Ordinance XVII of 1982) section 7a, with effect from 15.7.1982.
2:

Inserted, ibid, section 7(b).

3:

The words or Provinces, as the case may be were omitted,

(3)A Provincial Bar Council may constitute, form amongst its members
such other committees as it may deem necessary for the performance
of its functions under this Act, and may authorize any such committee
to co-opt as its members any other persons, not exceeding such
number as the Council may determine.
(4) The Chairman of every committee shall be entitled to vote and; in
case of equality of votes among the members of the Committee, shall
have a second vote.

COMMITTEES OF PAKISTAN BAR


COUNCIL
(1)

The Pakistan Bar Council shall constitute the following


committees, namely:-

(a) DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE:A disciplinary committee consisting of a Judge of the Supreme Court
nominated by the Chief Justice of Pakistan, who shall be its Chairman,
and four other members elected by the Council from amongst its
members;
Provided that the Attorney-General for Pakistan shall not be a member
of the disciplinary committee;

39B. POWERS OF DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE:If any person referred to in section 39A above practices in
contravention of this Act or the Rules made thereunder in any manner;
(a) in case of a senior advocate of the Supreme Court or advocate of the
Supreme Court of Pakistan including an Advocate-on-Record, the
disciplinary committee of the Pakistan Bar Council; and
(b) in case of any other advocate, the disciplinary committee of a
Provincial Bar Council, may on its own motion or otherwise take
cognizance thereof and proceed against him, under this Chapter for
such disciplinary action as is provided by law, in addition to criminal
prosecution of such person under section 58.
41(4). Upon receipt of a complaint under sub-section (2) against any
advocate, the disciplinary committee of the Bar Council may, unless it
summarily rejects the complaint, after making such inquiry and giving
the parties such opportunity of being heard as it may consider
necessary either reject the complaint or refer the same to a Tribunal for
decision;
Provided that the disciplinary committee shall not summarily reject a
complaint made by the Supreme Court or a High Court.
44(1). A Disciplinary Committee and a Tribunal may make such order as
to costs of proceedings before it as it may deem fit; and where the
Committee or, as the case may be, the Tribunal is of the opinion that a
complaint made against an advocate is false and vexatious, it may,
without prejudice to any other remedy available to the advocate,
impose upon the complainant such compensatory costs as may be
deemed reasonable.

45. POWERS OF THE TRIBUNAL AND DISCIPLINARY


COMMITTEE IN INQUIRIES.(1) For the purposes of any such inquiry as aforesaid, a disciplinary
committee and a Tribunal shall have the same powers as are vested in a
Court under the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908 (Act V of 1908), in
respect of the following matters, namely(a) enforcing the attendance of any person,
(b) compelling the production of documents, and
(c) issuing commissions for the examination of witnesses:
Provided that the disciplinary committee or the Tribunal shall not have
power to require the attendance of the presiding officer of any civil or
criminal Court save with the previous sanction of the High Court or, in
the case of the presiding officer of a Revenue Court, of the Provincial
Government.
(2) Every such inquiry shall be deemed to be a judicial proceeding
within the meaning of Sections 193 and 228 of the Pakistan Penal Code
(Act XLV of 1860); and a disciplinary committee and a Tribunal shall be
deemed to be a Civil Court for the purpose of Section 480 and 482 of
the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898 (Act V of 1898).
(3) For the purpose of enforcing the attendance of any person or of
compelling the production of documents or issuing commissions(a) the local limits of the jurisdiction of a disciplinary committee and a
Tribunal shall be those of the jurisdiction of the Bar Council by which
the Committee has been appointed or, as the case may be, the Tribunal
has been constituted; and

(b) a disciplinary committee and a Tribunal may send to any civil Court
having jurisdiction in the place where the Committee or, as the case
may be, the Tribunal is sitting, any summons or other process for the
attendance of a witness or the production of a document required by
the Committee or Tribunal, or any commission which it desires to issue,
and the civil Court shall serve such process or issue such commission, as
the case may be, and may enforce any such process for attendance or
production before itself.
(4) Proceedings before a disciplinary committee or a Tribunal in any
such inquiry shall be deemed to be civil proceedings for the purposes of
Article 15 of Qanoon-e-Shahadat, 1984 (P.O. No. 10 of 1984) and the
provisions of that Article shall apply accordingly.

(b). EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE:An executive committee consisting of seven members elected by the
Council from amongst its members; and

(c) ENROLMENT COMMITTEE:An enrolment committee consisting of a judge of the Supreme Court
nominated by the Chief Justice of Pakistan, who shall be its Chairman,
and two other members elected by the Council fro amongst its
members.

FUNCTION OF ENROLMENT COMMITTEE


31. DISPOSAL OF APPLICATIONS FOR ADMISSION AS AN
ADVOCATE:(1) All applications for admission as an advocate received by a Bar
Council shall be referred to its enrolment committee.
(2) The enrolment committee may either grant the application or
return it to the Bar Council recording its reasons for not granting the
application.
(3) Where any application is returned to a Bar Council under subsection (2), the Bar Council may, after considering the reasons recorded
by the enrolment committee, either grant or reject the application.

32. APPEAL AGAINST ORDER OF REJECTION:Where any application for admission as an advocate is rejected by a
Provincial Bar Council, the applicant may, within such period and in
Such manner as may be prescribed, appeal to the enrolment committee
of the Pakistan Bar Council, and the decision of that committee on such
appeal shall be final.

(2) The Pakistan Bar Council may constitute from amongst its
members such other committees, including a legal education
committee, as it may deem necessary for the performance of its
functions under this Act, and may authorize any such committee to coopt as its members any other persons, not exceeding such number as
the Council may determine.

(3) The Chairman of every committee shall be entitled to vote and, in


case of equality of votes among the members of the Committee, shall
have a second vote.

SOME OTHER COMMITEES OF PAKISTAN


BAR COUNCIL
The Pakistan Bar Council shall constitute the following Committees and
such other Committees as it may decide to do from time to time:
(1) Executive committee .. 7 members
(2) Enrolment Committee 3 members including a judge of the
Supreme Court of Pakistan.
(3) Disciplinary Committee 5 members including a judge of
supreme court of Pakistan.
(4) Legal Education Committee.. 49 [Such number of Members as may
be determined from time to time].
(5) Finance Committee . -do(6) Law Reforms Committee -do(7) Rules Committee. -do(8) Privileges Committee. . -do(b) The Committees shall exercise such powers and perform such
Functions as assigned to them buy the Act, the Rules.

CONCLUSION
Any organisation needs a small group to run its affairs. This group is
usually called a committee. So these committees are also the
compulsory part of bar councils.