HISTORY OF BAR COUNCIL

Right from inception till 30th June, 2018, 92,500 number of Candidates enrolled themselves as Advocates in the Karnataka State Bar Council. One Shri. M. Narasimhaiah of Shimoga enrolled himself as an Advocate on 9.10.1914 and his date of birth is 19.12.1888 and another Shri. Subbarao of Chikkaballapur enrolled himself as an Advocate on 21.12.1914 and his date of birth is 1.12.1877. (As per the entry on the Rolls of this Bar Council).

Prior to coming into force of the Bar Council Act, 730 Members enrolled themselves as Pleaders. In the year 1926 totally 12 Members enrolled as Pleaders. Sri. Jade Krishna Rao of Davanagere is the first person to register his name in the said year During 1947, 32 Members were enrolled as advocates, Sri. H. R. Venkataramaiah of Bangalore enrolled on 2.1.1947. Subsequently, Sri. Haranahalli Ramaswamy who served as Law Minister, Government of Karnataka enrolled as an Advocate on 5.1.1948. Totally there were 2426 advocates enrolled in this Bar Council since its inception upto 1961.

As on 30.6.2018, there are totally 25,700 number of lady advocates on the Rolls of this Bar Council. Smt. D. T. Mayamma of Bangalore was first lady to enroll herself as an Advocate on 31.8.1950. Subsequently one Smt. Sharada. P of Bangalore was enrolled on 5.2.1961. One Smt. R. Lalithamma of Bangalore enrolled on 16.10.1952 is still practicing

Among the elected members of the Bar Council, some members were designated as Senior Advocates by the Hon’ble High Court of Karnataka viz., Shriyuths B. V. Acharya, P. Vishwanath Shetty, Jayakumar. S. Patil, A. B. Patil, Smt. T. N. Manjula Devi, Smt. Pramila . M. Nesargi, Shri. Yoga Narasimha, Shri. Y.R. Sadasiva Reddy.

Smt. Pramila. M. Nesargi was the 1st lady Advocate elected as Member to the Bar Council. Later Smt. Manjula Devi. T.N. and Smt. Sandhya B. Madinur were elected as Members to the Karnataka State Bar Council.

Karnataka Advocates Welfare Fund Act, 1983 came into force w.e.f. 1.11.1986 and was optional. The said Act was made compulsory with effect from 2nd April, 1997. From time to time the said Act is amended. The recent amendment came into effect from 12th June, 2017. According to the said amendment

Sl. No. PARTICULARS AMOUNT
1 ADMISSION FEE 2100
2 SUBSCRIPTION (Sec. 15 (4) (a)
a. Less than 15 years
b. More than 15 years
From 1st January to 31st December every year.
Subscription cannot be paid for the previous years 2010- 2017.
1000
2000
3 LATE FEE ( Sec. 15 (4) (b) 100/- p.m. within June,
4 LIFE TIME MEMBERSHIP
(More than 15 years of Practice)

LATE FEE is applicable to those who wish to take
Life Membership from January to June at the
rate of Rs. 100/- p.m.

25,000/-
5 LIFE TIME MEMBERSHIP

(Those who have already paid Rs. 15000/- within
11.6.2017)

These Advocates can pay Subscription of Rs.
1000/- every year till they pay the difference
amount of Rs. 10000/-

The above Advocates should also pay a late fee of
Rs. 100/- p.m. till they pay the difference amount
of Rs. 10000/-

10000/-
6 Vakalath (Sec. 23 (1)
i. High Court
ii. Any Court other than High Court including Tribunals / Authority
iii. IA

50
30
20
7 Designated Senior Advocates Contribution every year
(Sec. 23 A (1)
10000
8 Late Fee for Contribution paid by Senior Advocate 100 p.m.


DETAILS OF CLAIM BENEFITS
Sl. No. Types of Claims Amount Rs.
1 DEATH CLAIM :
i. Not exceeding 15 years of practice
ii. Exceeding 15 years but not exceeding 35 years
iii. Above 35 years of Practice

4,00,000
6,00,000
8,00,000
2 RETIREMENT CLAIMS:
I. Voluntary Retirement at the age of 75 years or 50 years of practice
i. Not exceeding 15 years of practice
ii. Exceeding 15 years but not exceeding 35 years
iii. Above 35 years of Practice
II.Permanent Disability – Totally incapable from practice duly
certified by District Surgeon – Above Slab applicable

4,00,000
6,00,000
8,00,000
3 MEDICAL CLAIM
Applicable on completion of 65 years of age, 2o years of
practice & 12 years of membership & deductable from
Death / Retirement Claim.

1,50,000
4 FINANCIAL HARDSHIP
Applicable only to Advocates on completion of 5 years from
Membership and deductable from Death / Retirement Claim

Maximum Amount

1,50,000
5 CALCULATION CLAUSE (Death & Retirement Claims)

Applicable for Advocates
I. Enrolled after the age of 40 years
i. Membership after the age of 40 years on or after 6.8.2010
ii.Voluntarily suspended practice for a period exceeding three years.
iii.Membership on or after 1.8.2000 and has attained the
age of 60 years.

Every completed year of practice
Maximum Amount
10,000
3,00,000



IMPORTANT NOTE : An amount of Rs. 10000/- will be deducted for each year of non payment of subscription.

There are total number of 86,893 members are enrolled in Karnataka Advocates Welfare Fund Scheme. So far this Bar Council has provided financial assistance of Rs.28,66,40,800 from 6th August, 2010 till 10th June, 2017 to the Members of the bereaved family in respect of 1480 Advocates, Rs. 9,01,30,350/- towards Retirement Claim made by 333 number of Advocates and Rs. 2,97,47,000/- towards medical assistance in respect of 404 Advocates from out of the Karnataka Advocates Welfare Fund.

After Amendment to KAWF Act No.12/2017 w.e.f 12/6/2017, this Bar Council has provided assistance of Rs.,3,90,60,750/- in respect of 141 applications.

Similarly, the Bar Council of India Advocates’ Welfare Fund will provide Medical Assistance to the advocates.

Every year nearly about 250 – 300 complaints under Sec. 35 of the Advocates Act, 1961are received by the Bar Council. Nearly 200 – 250 cases are disposed off by the Bar Council every year. Disciplinary Committee had disposed nearly 300 cases and more than 20 Advocates are punished.