The Nigerian Bar Association is the foremost professional membership organisation for legal practitioners in Nigeria. It was formally registered in accordance with Part C of the Companies and Allied Matters Act, Cap C20 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004, as a Body Corporate (incorporated by Trustees) with RC No. 2368 on 8 April 1983.
The Association is overseen by the General Council of the Bar, a statutory body established under Section 1 of the Legal Practitioners Act and responsible for “…the general management of the affairs of the Nigerian Bar Association (subject to any limitations for the time being provided by the constitution of the association) and with any functions conferred on the council by this Act or that constitution”.
The Nigerian Bar Association is led by a President and 13 National Officers and operates from the National Secretariat; an 11-Storey Facility located in the Central Business District of Abuja, FCT, which is managed by the General Secretary and administered by the Director of Administration and support staff. There are currently 125 active branches across the 36 States and the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria and it is also organised into Sections, Fora, (Adhoc and Standing) Committees, Task Forces and Institutes.
The Nigerian Bar Association is statutorily governed by its Constitution, Standing Orders, and Uniform Bye-Laws for its Branches, Sections, Foras and Institutes. It has a National Executive Committee which comprises of all National Officers, past Presidents and General Secretaries, Chairmen and Secretaries of registered Branches and Sections and 180 distinguished members of the Association vested with executive powers over the organisation.
Each Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association is governed by a Chairman, 10 Branch Officers and an Executive Committee comprising elected officers, immediate past Chairman and Secretary and 4 co-opted members. It also has Standing and Adhoc Committees . The Sections, Foras and Institutes are led by a Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and a Council comprising of its officers, immediate past Chairman and Secretary, 5 nominated members and 3 co-opted members.
Section 4 (a) (i) of the Nigerian Bar Association Constitution classifies a ‘full member’ of the organisation as “any person duly enrolled at the Supreme Court of Nigeria as a legal practitioner and duly registered with one Branch of the Association”. There are approximately 106,000 Legal Practitioners currently enrolled to practice at the Supreme Court of Nigeria, out of which the Association has verified over 40,000 members.
The Nigerian Bar Association has developed and is currently implementing a Strategic Plan focused on the areas of regulation, representation, re-engineering and public interest. Our public interest initiatives relates to promotion of the rule of law, protection of human rights, and administration of justice, conflict resolution, and economic development.
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