Rules & Regulations

  • Posted on: 17 March 2015
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Interpretation

1. In these presents, unless the context otherwise requires:-

"The Bar" shall mean the Bar of Hong Kong.
"The Bar Association" shall mean the Hong Kong Bar Association as constituted by these presents.
"The Bar Council" shall mean the Executive Committee of the Bar Association.
"These presents" shall mean these regulations or other regulations for the time being of the Bar Association.
"The Chairman" shall mean the Chairman of the Bar Association and shall include the Acting Chairman, if any.
"The Vice-Chairman" shall mean the Vice-Chairman or one of the Vice-Chairmen of the Bar Association.
"The Honorary Secretary" shall include any person elected to perform or actually performing the duties of Secretary and Treasurer.
"The Deputy Honorary Secretary" shall mean any person appointed or elected to perform or actually performing the duties of Deputy Honorary Secretary.
(Circular No.016 /07)
"Extraordinary Resolution" shall mean a resolution passed by a majority of not less than three-fourths of Members as, being present in person or by proxy (as provided in Regulation 40A hereof) and entitled so to do, vote at a General Meeting of the Bar Association of which notice specifying the intention to propose the resolution as an Extraordinary Resolution has been duly given.
"Practising Barrister" shall mean a barrister who has been admitted to practise in Hong Kong and who is entitled and holds himself out as willing to do so, not being otherwise employed in a whole-time occupation.
"Employed Barrister" shall mean a barrister who has been admitted to practise in Hong Kong and is engaged to provide legal advice or services for his employer under a contract of employment.
"Member" shall mean a practising barrister or an employed barrister who is a Member of the Bar Association.
"Associate Member" shall mean a barrister not being a Member who is an Associate Member of the Bar Association.
"The By-Laws" shall mean the By-Laws of the Bar Association as herein contained, including such amendments and additions as may from time to time be duly made.
"In writing" shall mean written, printed or lithographed, or partly one and partly another, and other modes of representing or reproducing words in a visible form.

Where by any provision of these presents a certain number of days' or clear days' notice of a matter is to be given, Saturdays and general holidays (as listed in the Schedule to the General Holidays Ordinance (Cap. 149) from time to time) shall not be included in calculating the sufficiency of the length of notice where the number is seven or less, and Saturdays and such general holidays shall be included in calculating the sufficiency of the length of notice where the number is eight or more.

Words importing the singular number only shall include the plural, and vice versa.

Words importing the masculine gender shall also import the feminine.

Objects

2. The objects for which the Bar Association is established are to consider all matters affecting the profession and the administration of justice and to take such action thereon as it deems proper.

Without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, such matters include:-

(a) the maintenance of the honour and independence of the Bar and the defence of the Bar in its relations with the Judiciary and the Executive;
(b) the improvement, in Hong Kong, of the administration of justice, procedure, the arrangement of business, law reporting, and trial by jury;
(c) the establishment and maintenance of a system of prompt and efficient legal advice and aid for those persons in need thereof, irrespective of their capacity to pay;
(d) the promotion and support of law reform;
(e) the prescribing of rules of professional conduct, discipline and etiquette;
(f) the furtherance of good relations and co-operation between the two branches of the legal profession;
(g) the furtherance of good relations and understanding between the Bar and (a) the Judiciary, (b) the Law Officers of the Department of Justice, (c) the public;
(h) the furtherance of good relations between the Bar and lawyers of other countries; and
(i) the protection of the public right of access to the courts and of representation by Counsel before courts and tribunals; and
(j) the encouragement of legal education, and the study of jurisprudence;
(k) to raise funds by means of public or private appeals or otherwise and to make charitable donations and donations generally for the education, support, assistance and welfare of law students and law graduates, pupils, barristers and other persons who qualify for assistance or benefit under any Fund established under the auspices of the Hong Kong Bar Association.
(l) to establish a Fund to be known as “The Hong Kong Barristers’ Benevolent Fund” (which name was changed on the 20th day of January, 2011 to, and has since then been known as, "The Hong Kong Bar Association - Brook Bernacchi Barristers' Benevolent Fund") for the purpose of giving financial assistance to the needy and deserving members of the Hong Kong Bar Association who are or have been in practice in Hong Kong and to their husbands, wives, widows, widowers, children and dependants and to raise money for such Fund and to operate the same in such manner and subject to such Rules as the Bar Council shall determine.

Constitution

3. The Bar Association shall consist of Members and Associate Members.

(a) Any practising barrister or employed barrister shall be entitled, upon payment of the prescribed annual fee, to be a Member and so long as he pays the said annual fee shall remain a Member until he resigns his membership or ceases to be a practising barrister or an employed barrister.
(b) Any barrister admitted to practise in Hong Kong, not being a Member nor a member of the Judiciary, shall, and any barrister admitted to practise only in jurisdictions other than Hong Kong may with the approval of the Bar Council, upon payment of the prescribed annual fee be, and so long as he pays the said annual fee remain, an Associate Member until he resigns his membership or ceases to be a barrister.

4. The Chairman shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting. The person so elected shall hold office until the corresponding meeting in the next year when he shall be eligible for re-election provided that no person shall hold such office for more than three consecutive periods. For the purposes hereof a period shall mean a period elapsing between two consecutive elections held pursuant to this regulation. Only Members of the Inner Bar of Hong Kong or Members of 10 years’ standing at the Bar shall be eligible for election to the office of Chairman. Only practising barristers shall be eligible for election to the office of Chairman.

4A.     

(1) There shall be at least one but not more than two Vice-Chairmen who shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting. If more than one candidate is proposed for the office of the Vice-Chairman, there shall be two Vice-Chairmen elected at the Annual General Meeting.
(2) The person or persons so elected shall hold office until the corresponding meeting in the next year when he or they shall be eligible for re-election provided that no person shall hold such office for more than three consecutive periods and subject to Regulation 6(2). For the purposes hereof a period shall mean a period elapsing between two consecutive elections held pursuant to this regulation.
(3) Only Members of the Inner Bar of Hong Kong or Members of 10 years’ standing at the Bar shall be eligible for election to the office of Vice-Chairman. Only practising barristers shall be eligible for election to the office of Vice-Chairman.
(4) If and so long as the Chairman is incapacitated from acting for reasons of health or otherwise or is absent from Hong Kong, the Senior Vice-Chairman or if he in turn be incapacitated or absent, the other Vice-Chairman shall be the Acting Chairman of the Bar Association. Seniority shall be determined in accordance with Regulation 17.
(5) The Vice-Chairman or Vice-Chairmen shall also assist the Chairman in the discharge of such of his duties and functions, including duties and functions performed ex officio, as the Chairman may from time to time request.

5. There shall be an Honorary Secretary of the Bar Association who shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting. The Member so elected shall hold office until the corresponding meeting in the next year when he shall be eligible for re-election, subject to Regulation 6(2). The Honorary Secretary shall also fulfil the functions and duties of Treasurer.

5A. There shall be a Deputy Honorary Secretary of the Bar Association who shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting save that the Deputy Honorary Secretary for the year of 2007/2008 shall be appointed by the Bar Council from the Elected Members of the same year.  The Member so elected or appointed shall hold office until the corresponding meeting in the next year when he shall be eligible for re-election, subject to Regulation 6(2).  The Deputy Honorary Secretary shall assist the Honorary Secretary in the discharge of such of his duties and functions, including duties and functions performed ex officio, as the Chairman, Vice-Chairmen and Honorary Secretary may from time to time request.
(Circular No. 016 /07)

Bar Council

6.        

(1) There shall be an Executive Committee which shall be known as the Bar Council. The Bar Council shall consist of the Chairman, who shall ex officio be Chairman of the Bar Council, the Vice-Chairman or Vice-Chairmen, the Honorary Secretary elected under Regulation 5 hereof, the Deputy Honorary Secretary appointed or elected under Regulation 5A hereof (Circular No. 016 /07), and eleven other Members (hereinafter referred to as "the Elected Members") six of whom shall be of not less than five years’ standing at the Bar and five of whom may be of less than five years’ standing at the Bar. Not more than two of the Elected Members shall be an employed barrister. The proportion herein set forth shall as far as practicable be maintained in filling up vacancies in the Elected Members.
(2) Subject to Sub-regulation (3) hereof, no person shall be eligible to hold office on the Bar Council for more than 6 consecutive years.
(3) For the avoidance of doubt, a person eligible under Regulation 4 to be elected as Chairman shall remain eligible to be so elected, to hold office and to be re-elected in accordance with the aforesaid Regulation even though he may have held office on the Bar Council as Vice-Chairman, Honorary Secretary, Deputy Honorary Secretary (Circular No. 016/07),  Elected or Co-opted Members for 6 consecutive years immediately prior to his election as Chairman notwithstanding the provisions of Sub-regulation (2) hereof.

7.        

(1) One-half of the Elected Members, or if their number is not a multiple of two, then the number nearest to but not exceeding one-half, shall retire from office at the next Annual General Meeting. Those to retire shall be those who have been longest in office since their last election or appointment. As between Members of equal length of service the Members to retire shall, in the absence of agreement, be selected from them by lot.
(2) Elected Members retiring from office shall be eligible for re-election subject to Regulation 6(2).

Elections

8. Every candidate for the office of Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Elected Member, Honorary Secretary and Deputy Honorary Secretary (save for the year of 2007/2008) (Circular No. 016 /07) shall be proposed in writing signed by at least two Members. The proposal form shall be endorsed by the candidate that he is prepared to serve in the capacity proposed if elected and shall be addressed to the Honorary Secretary so as to reach him not less than three, nor more than five, clear weeks before the date fixed for the Annual General Meeting at which such election is to take place.

9. A list of candidates duly proposed shall, not less than ten clear days before each Annual General Meeting, be circulated to each Member by the Honorary Secretary.

10. If more candidates are proposed than are to be elected to fill the office of Chairman, Vice-Chairmen, the Elected Members, the Honorary Secretary or the Deputy Honorary Secretary after 2007/2008 (Circular No.016/07), the election shall be by secret ballot.                                                                           

11. Only Members shall be entitled to vote on such a ballot. Every Member entitled to vote may cast one vote in person or by proxy for every vacancy in the office to be filled.

12. The Chairman shall name the persons to count the votes (cast personally and by proxy), and to make a return thereof to him, and he shall determine all questions which may arise as to the validity of any ballot paper or any vote. In the case of an equality of votes on any ballot the Chairman shall have a casting vote or votes. The names of the persons so elected shall be published forthwith in such manner as the Chairman may determine.

13. If not more than one candidate each to the office of Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Honorary Secretary and Deputy Honorary Secretary (Circular No. 016/07) to be elected be proposed for election in accordance with the provisions of these present those candidates who have been duly so proposed shall be deemed to be elected. If not more than two candidates to the office of Vice-Chairmen to be elected be proposed for election in accordance with the provisions of these presents, those candidates who have been duly so proposed shall be deemed to be elected. If not more than the full number of Elected Members to be elected be proposed for election in accordance with the provisions of these presents those candidates who have been duly so proposed shall be deemed to be elected.

Vacation of the Office of Member of the Bar Council

14. The office of a Member of the Bar Council shall be vacated:-

(a) If he ceases to be a Member.
(b) If by notice in writing to the Honorary Secretary he resigns his office.
(c) If he absents himself from meetings of the Bar Council or of the Special Committees to which he may be appointed by the Bar Council, for a period of two months without special leave of absence from the Bar Council.

Powers and Proceedings of the Bar Council

15. The Bar Council shall carry into effect the objects for which the Bar Association is constituted as hereinbefore set forth in such manner and by such means as it may determine, subject nevertheless to any regulation of these presents and to such rules and directions not inconsistent with the aforesaid regulations as may be prescribed by the Bar Association in General Meeting, but no rules or direction made or given by the Bar Association in General Meeting shall invalidate any prior act of the Bar Council which would have been valid if such rule or direction had not been made or given.

16. In particular but without prejudice to the generality of the immediately preceding Regulation the Bar Council shall have power:-

(1) to appoint (with or without salaries) and remove such Assistants, Clerks, Servants or Agents of the Bar Association as may be deemed necessary or desirable;
(2) to apply the funds of the Bar Association for the purposes of assisting or benefitting law students, law graduates, pupils, barristers and other persons who qualify for assistance or benefit under any Fund established under the auspices of the Hong Kong Bar Association.

17. The Chairman shall preside at all meetings of the Bar Council at which he shall be present, but if he be absent, the Vice-Chairman (or if there be more than one Vice-Chairman, the Senior Vice-Chairman) or if the Vice-Chairman (or if there be more than one Vice-Chairman, both the Senior Vice-Chairman and the Vice-Chairman) in turn be absent, the Senior Elected Member shall act as Chairman of such meeting. Seniority shall be measured, in regard to the Inner Bar, by the date of appointment as a Senior Counsel in Hong Kong and in regard to the Outer Bar by the date of admission in Hong Kong as a barrister.

18. The Bar Council may hold meetings, adjourn or otherwise regulate its meetings as it thinks fit provided that the Bar Council shall meet at least once in every calendar month at such time and place as the Chairman shall direct save and except during the Long Vacation during which no meeting need be held. Six Members of the Bar Council shall constitute a quorum. Questions arising at any meeting shall be decided by a majority of votes cast by the Chairman, Vice-Chairman or Vice-Chairmen, Honorary Secretary, Deputy Honorary Secretary, Elected and co-opted Members present and voting. In case of an equality of votes the Chairman of the meeting shall have a second or casting vote.

19. The Bar Council may at any time and from time to time appoint any Member to fill a casual vacancy in the Elected Members and any Members so appointed shall retain his office so long as the Elected Member of the Bar Council in whose place he is appointed would have held the same had he continued in office or until the Annual General Meeting next following the date of his appointment, whichever shall be the sooner.

20.

(a) The Bar Council may at any time and from time to time co-opt any Member as an Additional Member thereof provided that the number of persons so co-opted shall not exceed nine and provided that not more than half of the number of such Additional Members shall be of less than five years' standing. Not more than one Additional Member shall be an employed barrister who may be of more or less than 5 years' standing at the Bar. Any person so co-opted shall retain office only until the Annual General Meeting next following the date of his appointment.
(b) The Bar Council shall have power at any time to cancel such co-option.

21. The Bar Council may appoint Special Committees consisting of such Members and other barristers as it thinks fit, and any Special Committee so formed shall, in the execution of its duties, conform to any directions imposed on it by the Bar Council.

22.

(a) The Bar Council may at any time co-opt to its body any person or persons honoris causa, provided that notice of a proposal to co-opt a named person to be given at one of its meetings and decision by vote or otherwise be made at a succeeding meeting.
(b) Such co-opted persons shall have no right to vote at meetings, but may be invited to attend meetings of the Bar Council or be asked to offer such services as may from time to time be determined by the Bar Council.
(c) The Bar Council shall have power to cancel the co-option honoris causa of such persons.
(d) Regulation 14 (a) and (c) shall not apply to such persons.

23. The Bar Council shall cause proper minutes to be made of all appointments and co-options by the Bar Council and of the proceedings of all meetings of the Bar Association, the Bar Council, the Special Committees and the Standing Committees of the Bar Association, and of all business transacted at such meetings, and any such minutes of any meeting, if purporting to be signed by the chairman of such meeting or by the chairman of the next succeeding meeting, shall be sufficient evidence without further proof of the facts therein stated.

24. The continuing Members of the Bar Council may act notwithstanding any vacancy in their body; provided always that in case the Members of the Bar Council shall at any time be reduced to less than six, such continuing Member or Members may act only for the purpose of summoning a General Meeting of the Bar Association but not for any other purpose.

General Meeting of the Bar Association

25. A General Meeting of the Bar Association shall be held once in every calendar year on the Third Thursday in January and at such place and time as the Bar Council may determine. Such General Meetings shall be called Annual General Meetings. All other General Meetings of the Bar Association shall be called Extraordinary General Meetings.

26. The Bar Council may, whenever it thinks fit, and it shall, upon a request made in writing to the Honorary Secretary by not less than twenty Members, convene an Extraordinary General Meeting of the Bar Association. If the Bar Council does not within twenty-one days after the receipt by the Honorary Secretary of such request duly convene any such meeting, any twelve of those making the request may themselves convene an Extraordinary General Meeting. The request must state the precise objects of the meeting (including any resolution intended to be moved thereat) and must be signed by those making it, and may consist of several documents in like form each signed by one or more of such Members.

27. Not less than fourteen clear days' notice of any Annual or Extraordinary General Meeting shall be given to all Members entitled to receive notice of such meeting and shall be posted on the notice board in the Robing Room of the High Court. Such notice shall specify the place, the date and hour of such meeting but it shall not be necessary to specify in any such notice the nature of any business to be transacted or resolution to be proposed. The notice sent to Members shall specify the place, date and hour of such meeting and in the case of special business shall state the nature of such business. The accidental omission to give notice of a meeting, or of any business proposed to be transacted thereat, to, or the non-receipt of such notice by, any such Member shall not invalidate the proceedings of any General Meeting.

28. All business shall be deemed special business that is transacted at an Extraordinary General Meeting, and all that is transacted at an Annual General Meeting shall also be deemed special with the exception of the Accounts, Balance Sheet, the Annual Statement and the election of the Chairman, Vice-Chairman or Vice-Chairmen, Elected Members, the Honorary Secretary and the Deputy Honorary Secretary.

29. Any Member shall be at liberty to move the adoption of any resolution at any General Meeting provided that written notice thereof, together with sufficient copies for circulation to all Members then present in Hong Kong shall have been delivered in writing to the Honorary Secretary not less than ten clear days before the day of the Meeting. The Honorary Secretary shall, within seven clear days before the day of the Meeting, send a copy of such proposed resolution to each Member.

30. No business shall be transacted at any General Meeting unless a quorum is present at the time when the Meeting proceeds to business and, save as herein otherwise provided, a quorum shall be not less than twenty Members personally present and entitled to vote.

31. If within a quarter of an hour from the time appointed for a General Meeting a quorum be not present, the Meeting, if convened upon request pursuant to these presents, shall be dissolved. In any other case it shall stand adjourned to the same day in the next week at the same time and place or at such other time and place as the Chairman of the Meeting shall appoint; and if at such adjourned Meeting a quorum be not present within a quarter of an hour after the time appointed for the Meeting, those Members who are personally present shall constitute a quorum.

32. The Chairman shall preside as chairman of every General Meeting, and in his absence, the Vice-Chairman (or if there be more than one Vice-Chairman, the Senior Vice-Chairman) or, if the Vice-Chairman (or if there be more than one Vice-Chairman, both the Senior Vice-Chairman and the Vice-Chairman) in turn is absent, the Senior Elected Member shall act as Chairman of the Meeting. Seniority shall be determined in accordance with Regulation 17.

33.

(a) At a General Meeting no Member shall be permitted, without the consent of the Chairman of the Meeting, to speak more than once on the same question, except that the mover, or in his absence, the seconder of any resolution, shall be allowed to speak in reply.
(b) The mover or seconder of a resolution or of an amendment to a resolution at a General Meeting shall not, without the consent of the Chairman of the Meeting, speak for more than ten minutes.
(c) No other Member shall, without such consent, speak for more than five minutes.
(d) At any stage after a resolution has been moved and seconded any Member who has not spoken on the resolution may, unless the Chairman of the Meeting rules otherwise, move - "That the question be now put." Such motion if formally seconded shall be put forthwith and without debate and the provisions in Regulation 35 for a ballot shall not apply. If this motion is carried the mover of the resolution under debate or his seconder shall immediately proceed to exercise his right of reply and at the conclusion of such reply the resolution shall be put to the vote forthwith and without debate.
(e) Any Member who has given notice of a resolution pursuant to Regulation 29 may, without the consent of the Meeting, withdraw the resolution at any time before speaking to it. Thereafter he may withdraw it only with the leave of the Chairman of the Meeting which shall not be given if any Member present objects and before giving such leave the Chairman of the Meeting shall ask the Meeting if there is any such objection.
(f) No amendment of a resolution at a General Meeting shall be moved without the consent of the Chairman of the Meeting unless notice thereof shall have been given in writing to the Honorary Secretary not less than five clear days before the day of the Meeting.
(g) Whenever an amendment of a resolution at a General Meeting has been moved and seconded no second or subsequent amendment shall be moved until the first amendment shall have been disposed of.
(h) The Chairman of the Meeting may call the attention of the Meeting to any continued irrelevance or repetition or any breach of order on the part of a speaker and may direct such Member to discontinue his speech.

34. The Chairman of the Meeting may, with the consent of any General Meeting at which a quorum is present (and shall if so directed by the Meeting), adjourn the Meeting from time to time and from place to place, but no business shall be transacted at any adjourned Meeting other than business which might have been transacted at the Meeting from which the adjournment took place. When a Meeting is adjourned for twenty-one days or more not less than fourteen clear days' notice of the adjourned meeting shall be given in accordance with Regulation 27. Save as aforesaid it shall not be necessary to give any notice of an adjourned Meeting or of the business to be transacted thereat.

35.

(1) At all General Meetings a resolution put to the vote of the Meeting shall be decided on a show of hands by a majority of those Members present in person or by proxy and entitled to vote, unless before or upon the declaration of the result of a show of hands a ballot be demanded by at least one-half of those Members present in person or by proxy and entitled to vote, or by fifteen of them (whichever number be the less), and, unless a ballot be so demanded, a declaration by the Chairman of the Meeting that a resolution has been carried or not carried, or carried or not carried by a particular majority, shall be conclusive, and an entry to that effect in the Minute Book of the Bar Association shall be conclusive evidence thereof without proof of the number or proportion of the votes recorded in favour of or against such resolution.
(2) For the purposes of the foregoing sub-paragraph, the Chairman of the Meeting shall determine the manner in which proxies (if any) are voted on a show of hands or by ballot.

36. The result of any resolution may be made public if, and in such manner as, the Chairman of the Meeting shall direct.

37. No ballot shall be demanded on any question of adjournment.

38. All General Meetings shall be conducted under the direction of the Chairman of the Meeting thereof, whose ruling in any matter whatsoever concerning the conduct of the Meeting shall, if not inconsistent with the Regulations, be final.

39. In the case of an equality of votes, whether on a show of hands or on a ballot, the Chairman of the Meeting shall be entitled to a second or casting vote.

Voting at General Meeting

40. Every Member who has paid the annual prescribed fee shall be entitled to notices of and to attend and vote (in person or by proxy as provided for in Regulation 40A hereof) at General Meetings and shall have one vote. A Member who is an employed barrister shall not be entitled to vote on:

(a) Any resolution which seeks to rescind, amend, replace or add to any of the Regulations and By-Laws of the Bar Association and
(b) Any resolution which in the opinion of the Chairman of the Meeting is a resolution which relates to the objects of the Bar Association as set out in Regulation 2(a) hereof.

40A.

(1) One form of proxy shall be sent by the Bar Council to each Member (in accordance with Regulation 43) together with the Notice convening any General Meeting for use by such Member for the purpose of authorising another Member to vote on his behalf at such General Meeting.
(2) The Bar Council shall determine the contents of such forms of proxy and may enable the Member by such proxy to authorise the proxy holder to vote as he thinks proper or to vote in a particular manner.
(3) Each Member may only give one proxy for any one meeting at which he wishes to be represented, using only the form sent to him by the Bar Council for the purpose of that Meeting or an exact copy thereof, provided that such proxy form or such copy is duly signed by such Member and his proxy holder is another Member entitled to attend such meeting.
(4) Any Member wishing to act as proxy holder for another Member shall:-

(a) within 20 minutes immediately prior to the time of the Meeting specified in the Notice convening the relevant Meeting (unless an extension of time is permitted by the Chairman of the Meeting), at the place specified for such meeting, lodge all proxies held by him with the persons appointed by the Chairman for verifying such proxies. All such proxies whether in the original form as sent to him by the Bar Council or an exact copy thereof as provided under Sub-regulation (3) hereof shall bear the original signature of the Member giving the proxy;
(b) vote such proxies by using ballot papers supplied to him for such purpose or in such other manner as the Chairman of the Meeting shall determine.

(5) The Chairman of the Meeting shall determine all questions which may arise as to the validity of any form of proxy or of the entitlement of any person claiming to act as proxy holder so to act.
(6) A proxy given for a particular meeting may be used at any adjournment of that meeting in the absence of the Member giving such proxy.
(7) Where a proxy gives specific direction as to voting, the proxy holder shall be entitled to vote at his discretion on resolutions put to the meeting which are not dealt with in the proxy.

41. An Associate Member shall be entitled to receive notice of any Annual General Meeting of the Bar Association and to attend the same and to receive notice or documents relating to social functions, the annual statement and the result of the elections held at the Annual General Meeting and such other notices or documents as the Bar Council may in its discretion deem desirable. An Associate Member shall not be entitled to vote at any Annual General Meeting or to attend any Extraordinary General Meeting (except by written invitation of the Bar Council) or to vote thereat.

Members of the Bar Mess

42. Any barrister who is a member of the Judiciary in Hong Kong may, upon payment of the prescribed annual fee and so long as he pays the said annual fee, be and remain a Member of the Bar Mess (hereinafter referred to as "Mess Members") until he resigns or ceases to be a member of the Judiciary. A Mess Member shall be entitled only to attend social functions.

Academic Members and Student Members

42A.

(1) Any academic staff of legal education of any established universities or institutions in Hong Kong ("the Institutions") may, upon payment of the prescribed annual fee and so long as he pays the said annual fee, be and remain an Academic Member of the Bar Association (hereinafter referred to as "Academic Members") until he resigns or ceases to be an academic staff of one of the Institutions.
(2) Any student studying law or law related degrees or courses may, upon payment of the prescribed annual fee and so long as he pays the said annual fee, be and remain a Student Member of the Bar Association (hereinafter referred to as "Student Members") until he ceases to be such a student. (Circular 010/03)
(3) Academic Members and Student Members shall be entitled only to receive such information as the Bar Council may in its discretion deem desirable, to attend social functions and to participate in seminars, talks and workshops organized by the Bar Association and such activities as from time to time the Bar Council shall decide.

Notices

43.

(1) Every Member, Associate Member, Mess Member, Academic Member and Student Member shall give to the Honorary Secretary an address in Hong Kong at which notices and documents may be served upon him. In default of providing such an address, no Member shall be entitled to receive notices of general meetings and in the case of Associate Members notices of Annual General Meetings.
(2) Any notice or document may be served either personally or by leaving it or causing it to be left at such address or by sending it through the post in a prepaid envelope addressed to such Member, Associate Member, or Mess Member, Academic Member or Student Member (Circular 84/99) at such address. Where a notice or document is sent by post, service thereof shall be deemed to be effected by properly addressing, prepaying and posting the same or an envelope containing the same, and to have been effected in the case of a notice of a meeting at the expiration of 48 hours after such notice or the envelope containing the same is posted, and in any other case at the time at which the notice or document or the envelope containing the same would be delivered in the ordinary course of post.

44. All notices or other documents required to be served hereunder may also be posted up at such place or places as the Chairman may direct.

Accounts

45. The Bar Council shall cause a record to be kept:-

(a) Of all sums of money received and expended by the Bar Association and the matters in respect of which such receipts and expenditure take place.
(b) Of the assets and liabilities of the Bar Association.

46. The books of account shall be kept by the Honorary Secretary and shall be open to the inspection of the Members of the Bar Council.

47. Monies of the Bar Association derived from subscriptions or other sources shall be employed in such manner as the Bar Council may from time to time direct.

48. The Bar Council shall at every Annual General Meeting of the Bar Association cause to be produced accounts and a balance sheet in respect of the assets and liabilities of the Bar Association.

Operation of these Regulations

49. These presents came into force on the 1st March, 1968 with amendments up to the 20th January, 2011.

Alterations of Regulations

50. The Bar Association in General Meeting may by Extraordinary Resolution rescind, amend or add to these presents.

By-Laws of the Hong Kong Bar Association

1. Life Membership

(a) The Bar Association may, in General Meeting, confer on any Member the title of Life Member and such person, whilst he is in Hong Kong, shall have all the privileges of a Member.
(b) The Bar Association may, in General Meeting, confer on any barrister (not being a Member) or any former or present member of the Judiciary of Hong Kong the title of Honorary Life Member. (Circular 012/12)
(c) Life Membership and Honorary Life Membership shall only be conferred by the Bar Association on persons who, in the opinion of the Bar Association, have rendered outstanding service to the Bar Association or to the administration of justice in Hong Kong.
(d) No person shall have conferred upon him the title of Life Member or Honorary Life Member unless notice of a proposal to confer such title (which proposal shall be made in writing signed by at least twenty Members of whom at least ten shall be Senior Counsel) has been given to the Honorary Secretary who shall then, subject to any direction of the Bar Council, include in the business of the first General Meeting of the Bar Association convened or to be convened for a date not less than twenty-one clear days after the receipt of the proposal a proposed resolution for the conferral of the title of Life Member or Honorary Life Member as proposed.
(e) Notwithstanding the provisions of (d) immediately above, the first Life Member of the Bar Association shall be Mr. Leo d'Almada e Castro, C.B.E., LL.D, Q.C.
(f) Life Members and Honorary Life Members shall not be required to pay any subscriptions or other fee to the Bar Association.

2. Resolutions [deleted]

3. Subscriptions

(1) The Bar Council is authorized to raise funds for the general purposes of the Bar Association by way of subscriptions from Members, Associate Members, Mess Members, Academic Members and Student Members (Circular 84/99) as hereinafter provided.
(2) For the year 1998 such subscriptions shall be in the following amounts, namely:-

Members
Senior Counsel $16,500
Juniors over 12 years' standing $ 7,150
Juniors 7 to 12 years' standing $ 5,280
Juniors 3 to 7 years' standing $ 3,255
Juniors under 3 years' standing $ 1,000

Associate Members (Senior Counsel) $ 5,000
Associate Members $ 1,000
Associate Members $ 300
(previously judges of High Court & District Court)

Mess Members $ 300

(2A) For the year 2000, subscriptions for Student Members shall be in the amount of $100 each and subscriptions for Academic Members shall be in the amount of $345 each. (Circular 84/99)
(3) In each subsequent year, the Bar Council shall be authorized to increase the then current rates of subscription by not more than 15 per cent without reference to the Bar Association in General Meeting.
(4) Every Member, Associate Member, Mess Member, Academic Member and Student Member shall:-

(a) in respect of subscriptions for the calendar year commencing 1st January 1995, pay to the Honorary Secretary his subscription no later than the 10th day of November 1994; and,
(b) in respect of all subsequent years, no later than the 1st day of November in each year, pay to the Honorary Secretary his subscription for the following calendar year;

in the above mentioned amounts or in such other amounts as the Bar Council or the Bar Association in General Meeting may, from time to time, prescribe, provided that in the case of new Members, Associate Members, Mess Members, Academic Members and Student Members, (Circular 84/99) first payment of subscription may be made within 21 days of their application to join.

(5) Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this By-Law, the Bar Council may at its absolute discretion reduce or waive the amount of such subscriptions payable by any barrister applying for membership of the Bar Association. (Circular 005/08)
(6) The subscriptions payable by junior members under 3 years’ standing for the year 2008 be retrospectively reduced to $500 and the Bar Council shall be authorized to refund to such members $550 each from the subscriptions already collected. (Circular 005/08)

4. Appointments and Co-options

Every candidate for co-option by the Bar Council as an Additional Member under Regulation 20 or for appointment to fill a casual vacancy in the Elected Members under Regulation 19 or for co-option of a person honoris causa under Regulation 22 shall be proposed and seconded by Members of the Bar Council who shall be responsible for obtaining the consent of such person. The fact that an appointment or co-option is to take place must appear on the Agenda Paper.

5. Meetings of the Bar Council

The place and time of meetings of the Bar Council shall be fixed by the Chairman and not less than four days' notice of each meeting shall be given by the Honorary Secretary to each Member of the Bar Council, unless the Chairman, in any case of emergency, shall otherwise direct, or all the Members of the Bar Council agree.

6. Notice of any matter to be placed on the Agenda Paper shall be sent to the Honorary Secretary at least three days before the meeting, together with the name of the sender provided that if half the Elected Members present and entitled to vote agree, and the Chairman of the meeting consents, any other business may be discussed and, if thought fit, resolved at such meeting. The Agenda Paper shall be circulated to all Members of the Bar Council at least one day before each meeting of the Bar Council.

7. No previous resolution of the Bar Council shall be rescinded or amended except by a resolution passed by the Bar Council by a majority of two thirds of the Members of the Bar Council present and voting.

8. Standing Committees

[paras. 8 to 16 - deleted]

17. Powers and Proceedings of Standing Committees

[paras. 17 to 23 - deleted]

24. Disqualification of Members of Standing Committees

[paras 24 and 25 - deleted]

26. Receipts and Payments

The Honorary Secretary shall keep a bank account in the name of the Bar Association to which all monies received from the Bar Association shall be paid.

27. All payments shall be made, so far as possible, by cheque.

28. Operation of these By-Laws

These By-Laws came into force on the 1st March, 1968 with amendments up to the 19th January, 2012.

29. Alteration of By-Laws

No By-Law shall be rescinded or amended and no new By-Law shall be enacted except by a resolution passed by a majority of two-thirds of the Members as, being present in person or by proxy and entitled so to do, vote at a General Meeting of the Bar Association of which fourteen clear days' notice shall have been given specifying the resolution.