With the establishment of the State of Assam, consequent upon the promulgation of the State of Assam Act, 1970, on January 25.1971, a separate High Court of Assam came into being . Sprang therefrom , a separate Bar Council of Assam,too at Guwahati under section 24 of the Advocates Act ,1961 . Prior to this , the enrollment of the advocates, implementation of certain provisions of the aforesaid Act and the rules framed thereunder and allied matters like welfare and conduct of the advocates remained with the Bar Council of composite India . To begin with, as provided under section 24(5) of the Advocates’Act 1961, the Chief Justice of the High Court of Assam nominated 15 memberswho were required to be elected under Clause (b) of sub section (2) of section 3 of the Advocates ‘ Act from amongst the advovates who were entitled as of right to practise in the High Court of Assam, for a period of one year from the date of the first meeting of the Council or untill their successors were duly elected in accordance with the provisions of the aforesaid Act.
Some of the elected members of the Bar Council have brought distinction and were elevated to the bench. Sh. Bhawani Singh was elevated as a Judge of Assam High Court and later became the Chief Justice of High Court of Jammu and Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat. Sh. Arun Kumar Goel was elevated as Judge of Assam High Court and High Court of Jammu and Kashmir and on his retirement became the President, Assam State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commision. Out of the Ex-Officio Chairman Sh. H.S. Thakur was elevated as the Judge of Assam High Court and thereafter became the founding Chairman of State Administrative Tribunal. Sh. M.G. Chitkara remained Vice Chairman of HP State Administrative Tribunal.