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Decisions of the Superior Courts of New South Wales, 1788-1899

Barristers' Precedence [1832] NSWSupC 77

barristers, order of precedence

Supreme Court of New South Wales

Forbes C.J., Stephen and Dowling JJ, 15 October 1832

Source: Sydney Herald, 18 October 1832


Mr. Therry wished the Court would decide as to the precedency of Barristers, whether it was from the date of the call in England, or admission here.  He wished the Court to Rule on the subject.

The Chief Justice replied, that on coming into Court, that morning was the first time he heard the point was to be raised, but so decided was he on the point that it required no time for consideration, and his learned brethren whom he had consulted, had taken the same view of the case.  By the Charter, persons called to the bar or admitted as advocates in any of the superior Courts in the United Kingdom, were entitled by right to admission there; but the rank was from the admission in the Mother country.  Precedence would therefore be taken according to the date of the call of the barrister to the bar of the Mother Country.

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