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The Act establishes the Council and outlines its functions and composition in Sections 4 and 5 respectively.   In terms of Section 5(1), the Council consists of the following members:

  • the Attorney-General, with the Solicitor-General as an alternate member;
  • a judge nominated by the Chief Justice;
  • the Director of Public Prosecutions;
  • the Permanent Secretary responsible for administration in the Ministry responsible for justice;
  • a representative of the Attorney-General with expertise in legislative drafting;
  • a representative of the Law Association of Zambia;
  • a representative of the Zambia Institute of Chartered Accountants;
  • a representative of the department of the Clerk of the National Assembly;
  • a Dean and one senior lecturer from the Law School of a public university, nominated by the Minister responsible for education;
  • a Dean and one senior lecturer from the Law School of a private university, nominated by the Minister responsible for education;
  • a Magistrate who is admitted as a legal practitioner under the Legal Practitioners Act, nominated by the Magistrates and Judges Association of Zambia;
  • two legal practitioners appointed by the Minister; and,
  • the Director, as an ex-officio


Under Section 4(1) of the Act, the Council is mandated to provide national, regional and

Section 4(2) of the Act provides further functions of the Council as being to:

(a) Set minimum educational entry qualifications for persons seeking enrolment as students of the Institute;

(b) Provide minimum educational qualifications for students who wish to be admitted to the legal Bar;

(c) Provide training in Legislative Drafting;

(d) Keep a register of all enrolled students;

(e) Accredit law schools at private and public universities and set the criteria for accreditation;

(f) Approve qualifications of foreign students who wish to be enrolled at the Institute;

(g) Set and hold examinations for candidates for admission as legal practitioners;

(h) Provide post-graduate judicial training for Magistrates and Judges;

(i) Encourage international cooperation in post-graduate legal and legislative drafting studies provided by the Council;

(j) Provide such post-graduate courses of legal studies, set and hold examinations in such courses as the Council may think necessary;

(k) Prepare and publish a syllabus of courses of study essential for purposes of any examination set and held by the Council;

(l) Issue certificates to persons who are successful candidates in examinations conducted by the Council;

(m) Appoint the teaching staff of the Institute; and

  • Do all such things connected with or incidental to the foregoing.