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The Bangladesh Bar Council is a Statutory Autonomous Body of the Government under Law Division, Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs. It is constituted by the Bangladesh Legal Practitioners and Bar Council Order, 1972 (President’s Order No. 46 of 1972). It consists of 15 (fifteen) Members of whom the Attorney – General for Bangladesh is one and is the Chairman ex-officio. Others are elected by Advocates for a term of 3 (three) years from amongst themselves, of whom seven from General Seats and seven from seven Zonal or Group Seats. The elected members, in their first meeting, elected from amongst themselves a vice-chairman and different standing Committees, viz- Five members Executive Committee, Five members Finance Committee, Nine members Legal Education Committee etc. Moreover, there shall be an enrollment committee for the enrollment of the advocates. Enrollment committee consisting of five members: a Chairman to be nominated by the Chief Justice from amongst the Judges of the Appellate Division, two members to be nominated by the Chief Justice from amongst the Judges of the High Court Division, Attorney-General for Bangladesh and one member elected by the Bar Council from amongst its members. There is no membership in the Bangladesh Bar Council. Bangladesh Bar Council is a licensing & regularity body for all Advocates of Bangladesh.
Enrollment as Advocate does not mean the Membership of the Bar Council
When anybody’s name is entered in the roll of the Bar Council he/ she will be known as Advocate but not as a Member of the Bar Council. Membership of the Bar Council is quite different thing. This is an elected position. Advocates on the roll elect from amongst themselves 14 persons as Members of the Bar Council for a term of three years. The Government may, in some extraordinary situation, nominate persons to act as Members of the Bar Council.