Section 13 in The Advocates Fund Act 2001

Title: Accounts and audit

Description: (1) The Trustee Committee shall maintain proper accounts and other relevant records and prepare an annual statement of accounts and annual report in such form and in such manner as may be prescribed. (2) The accounts of the Trustee Committee shall be audited annually by a chartered accountant appointed by the State Bar Council. (3) The accounts of the Trustee Committee as audited by the chartered accountant together with his audit report shall be forwarded to the State Bar Council by that Committee and the State Bar Council may issue such directions, as it deems fit, to the Trustee Committee in respect thereof. (4) The Trustee Committee shall comply with the directions issued by the State Bar Council under sub-section (3). (5) The Trustee Committee shall pay from the Fund the charges for the audit as may be fixed by the State Bar Council.

Title: Powers and duties of Secretary

Description: The Secretary of the Trustee Committee shall— (a) be the chief executive authority of the Trustee Committee and responsible for carrying out its decisions; (b) represent the Trustee Committee in all suits and proceedings for and against the Trustee Committee; (c) authenticate by his signature all decisions and instruments of the Trustee Committee; (d) operate bank account of the Trustee Committee jointly with the Chairperson; (e) convene meetings of the Trustee Committee and prepare minutes of such meetings; (f) attend meetings of the Trustee Committee with all the necessary records and information; (g) maintain such forms, registers and other records as may be prescribed from time to time and do all correspondence relating to the Trustee Committee; (h) prepare an annual statement of business transacted by the Trustee Committee during a financial year; (i) do such other acts as are or may be directed by the Trustee Committee and the State Bar Council.

Title: Payment of certain monies to Fund by State Bar Council

Description: The State Bar Council shall pay to the Fund annually an amount equal to twenty per cent. of the enrolment fee received by it under clause (f) of section 24 of the Advocates Act, 1961 (25 of 1961).

Title: Recognition by a State Bar Council of any association of advocates

Description: (1) Any association of advocates known by any name which is registered as an association before the date of commencement of this Act may, before the date to be notified by a State Bar Council in this behalf, apply for recognition to the State Bar Council in such form as may be prescribed. (2) Any association of advocates known by any name which is registered as an association on or after the date of commencement of this Act may, within three months from the date of its registration as an association, apply for recognition to the State Bar Council in such form as may be prescribed. (3) Every application for recognition under sub-section (1) or sub-section (2) shall be accompanied by,— (a) a copy of the rules or bye-laws of the association; (b) names and addresses of office bearers of the association; (c) a list of members of the association containing the name, address, age, enrolment number and date of enrolment with the State Bar Council and the ordinary place of practice of each member. (4) The State Bar Council may, after such enquiry as it deems necessary, recognise the association and issue a certificate of recognition in such form as may be prescribed. (5) The decision of the State Bar Council on any matter regarding recognition of an association under sub-section (4) shall be final. Explanation.—In this section, "registered" means registered or deemed to be registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 (21 of 1860), or any other law for the time being in force.

Title: Duties of State Bar Associations and State Advocates’ Associations

Description: (1) Every State Bar Association and State Advocates Association shall, on or before the 15th day of April of every year, furnish to the State Bar Council a list of its members as on the 31st day of March of that year. (2) Every State Bar Association and State Advocates Association shall inform the State Bar Council of— (a) any change in the membership including admissions and re-admissions within thirty days of such change; (b) the death or other cessation of practice or voluntary suspension of practice of any of its members within thirty days from the date of occurrence thereof; (c) such other matters as may be required by the State Bar Council from time to time.