The functions of the Bar Councils are
- To admit persons as Advocates on its roll
- To prepare and maintain such roll
- To entertain and determine cases of misconduct against advocates on its roll
- To safeguard the rights, privileges and interests of advocates on its roll
- To promote the growth of Bar Associations for the purposes of effective implementation of the welfare schemes.
- To support and promote law reforms
- To conduct seminars and organize talks on legal topics by eminent Jurists and publish journals and papers of legal interest
- To organize legal aid to the poor class of the Society
- To promote legal education and to do all other things necessary for discharging such functions
The Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa in pursuance of Section 3(i)(ccc) was constituted by Advocates Act for the State of Maharashtra and Goa, Union Territories of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Union Territories of Daman and Diu. For all these States and Union Territories, the Bar Council is known as the Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa. The Bar Council enrolls Advocates on its Roll and grant ‘Sanad’ / “Licence” to practice law in the above Territories. The Bar Council has a disciplinary jurisdiction over all the Advocates on the roll of Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa. This Bar Council regulates and maintains the standards and professional conduct and etiquette for the Advocates and standards of legal education in its territory.
This Bar Council is represented by 25 Elected Members from the above Territory and Advocate General of each State is Ex-officio Member of the Bar Council. This Bar Council elects one representative to the Bar Council of India as its Member and also elects Chairman and Vice-Chairman for the Council. The tenure of the entire Bar Council is for 5 years and it is headed by the Chairman of the State Bar Council. The Secretary of the Bar Council is the Administrative Head of the Bar Council. There are 25 different Committees of the Council which look after the respective functions of the Bar Council.
This Bar Council mainly promotes the Continuous Legal Education Programme (CLEP), Regional conferences for interaction amongst the advocates, the Insurance Scheme for the Advocates and also promotes The Maharashtra Advocates Welfare Fund for the benefit of Advocates. The person who completes his law course from the recognized University is eligible to apply the Bar Council and he can apply for ‘Sanad’ to enroll as an Advocate to practice law in the State.