The council is considered to be a [[Local Government Unit]] (LGU), similar to the Provincial and the Municipal Government. The officials that make up the council are the Punong Barangay, seven Barangay Councilors, and the chairman of Youth Council or [[Sangguniang Kabataan]] (SK). Thus, there are eight (8) members of the [[Legislative Council]] in a barangay.ref
The Barangay Justice System or [[Katarungang Pambarangay]] is composed of members commonly known as "[[Lupon Tagapamayapa]]" ([[Justice of the peace]]). Their function is to conciliate and mediate disputes at the Barangay level so as to avoid legal action and relieve the courts of docket congestion.ref[[Barangay elections]] are non-partisan and are typically hotly contested. Barangay Captain are elected by [[first-past-the-post]] plurality (no ). Councilors are elected by [[plurality-at-large voting]] with the entire barangay as a single [[at-large]] district. Each voter can vote up to seven candidates for councilor, with the winners being the seven candidates with the most number of votes. Typically, a [[ticket (election)|]] usually consists of one candidate for Barangay Captain and seven candidates for the Councilors. Elections for the post of Punong Barangay and barangay kagawads are usually held every three years starting from 2007.