The Punjab Bar Council is a deliberative assembly of lawyers in Punjab. It was established by the Parliament of Pakistan under the Legal Practitioners and Bar Councils Act 1973 (Act XXXV of 1973) and began functioning on the 1st of January 1974. The Punjab Bar Council is the largest Provincial Bar Council in Pakistan, with more than 100,000 Licensed advocates and 127 Bar Associations working under its jurisdiction. The Punjab Bar Council consists of 75 members elected by advocates from different constituencies in Punjab. These members include the office Chairman of the Punjab Bar Council who also functions as the Returning Officer of the Elections of Punjab Bar Council. Further to this, Chairman Executive Committee and Vice-Chairman of the Council are elected for one year from amongst the 75 members. The Punjab Bar Council is committed to promoting high standards of legal services and professional conduct by exercising disciplinary jurisdiction over the bar and safeguarding the rights, interests and privileges of practicing lawyers. Additionally, the Council promotes and suggests law reforms, recognizes and derecognizes Bar associations and helps with the administration of justice.