||Title:||LEGAL PRACTITIONERS ORDINANCE||Gazette Number:||E.R. 2 of 2012|
|Section:||30||Heading:||Practising certificates-barristers||Version Date:||02/08/2012|
(1) The Bar Council, upon application in writing by a barrister and upon payment of such fee as may be prescribed by the Bar Council and upon being satisfied in such manner as may be prescribed by the Bar Council that the person to whom the application relates is qualified to practise as a barrister or is qualified to practise to a limited extent under section 31 (2), shall issue to the applicant a practising certificate as a barrister in such form as may be prescribed by the Bar Council for the period of one calendar year from 1 January next following the date of the application: (Amended 25 of 1968 s. 10; 58 of 1976 s. 95; 42 of 2000 s. 11)
(a) the Bar Council, in its absolute discretion and upon such condition as it may consider necessary, may permit the application for a practising certificate to be made under this subsection at any time and upon such application may issue to the applicant a practising certificate for any period not exceeding one calendar year and ending on 31 December in any year; and
(2) The publication in the Gazette by the Bar Council of a list of the names and addresses of those barristers who have obtained practising certificates for the period therein stated shall be prima facie evidence that each person named therein is a person qualified under section 31 to practise as a barrister and to whom a practising certificate for the period specified in such list has been issued under this section and the absence from any such list of the name of any person shall be prima facie evidence that such person is not so qualified.
(b) where the name of a barrister is removed from or struck off the roll of barristers, the practising certificate of that barrister shall automatically determine without any entitlement to any refund of the prescribed fee or of any part thereof.
(3) A practising certificate may only be issued to an applicant who has paid to the Hong Kong Bar Association-
(a) except where the Bar Council has exempted the applicant therefrom, the membership subscription; and
(3A) On application by a barrister admitted under section 27(4), the Bar Council may waive part of the membership subscription. (Added 42 of 2000 s. 11)
(b) except where the applicant has been admitted as a barrister under section 27(4) and the Bar Council has exempted him therefrom, the premium prescribed for insurance of the applicant under the current master policy for professional indemnity insurance effected by the Hong Kong Bar Association,
in respect of the period for which the practising certificate is to be issued. (Replaced 42 of 2000 s. 11)
(4) (Repealed 42 of 2000 s. 11)
(Amended 70 of 1991 s. 6)