S.3 of the Advocates Act empowers for the creation of State bar councils for every state. Number of members of the Bar Council varies from state to state, depending upon the number of Advocates on the State roll.
1. If the number of Advocates in the state roll is less then 5000 then the number of Bar Council members are 15.
2. If the number of Advocates are 5000 to 10000 then the number of Bar Council members are 20.
3. If the number of Advocates are more then 10000 then the number of bar Council members are 25.
Members are elected by the Advocates whose names are there in the state roll by a single transferrable vote. The members hold office for a period of 5 years. The Advocate General of the Concerned State is an ex-officio member of the State Bar Council. So long as he is holding the office as Advocate General he can act as the member of the Bar Council.
The State Bar Council is empowered with the following powers.
1. It is body corporate.
2. It is a legal body having the autonomous status.
3. It has a common seal and perpetual succession.
4. It can do the following things in its own name. Buying and selling properties, Entering into agreements, Filing cases.
5. It can constitute executive committee etc.
6. It can frame rules and regulations relating to day to day administration.
Advocates Act empowers the State Bar Council to do the following functions.
1. Enroll the qualified persons as Advocates.
2. Prepare the Advocates roll.
3. Take disciplinary action for professional misconduct.
4. Protect the rights and privileges of the Advocates.
5. Encourage law reforms. For this purpose it organize seminars, talks and publish journals. 6. Constitute executive committee, enrolment committee, disciplinary committee, legal aid committee etc.
7. Manage the funds of the Bar Council.
8. Conduct the election for electing the members of the State Bar Council.
9. Prepare legal aid programmers and allot separate funds for the implementation of such schemes.
10. Prepare Schemes for helping the poor Advocates and allot separate funds for the implementation of such schemes.
11. Grant recognition to the law colleges.
12. Do all other acts which are necessary for the effective implementation of the above said functions.