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

In re Gray [1850] NSWSupC 6 [legal practitioners, admission to practice]

legal practitioners, admission to practice

Supreme Court of New South Wales

Stephen C.J., Dickinson and Therry JJ, 2 January 1850

Source: Sydney Morning Herald, 3 January 1850, Supreme Court Collection, vol. 3, pp 58-59


Mr. CHARLES GRAY moved for his own admission as a barrister of the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

This gentleman, it appeared, had been called to the bar from Gray's Inn , and having been admitted a member of the Midland Circuit, had practised his profession on several occasions. Coming out, however, to Port Phillip, he had neglected to procure any letters of introduction, and had brought with him only the usual certificate from the Steward of the Inn; but this had been lost during a long illness under which he suffered on the voyage; and on his arrival in Melbourne he applied for admission, but having no evidence but his own in proof of his assertions, it was judged prudent by Mr. Justice a'Beckett that some confirmation should be received from home before he was admitted.

He was about to return home for the purpose, when he ascertained that a Mr. Aberdeen, residing here, could give the necessary confirmation. The present application, therefore, was supported by affidavits from both Mr. Gray and from Mr. Aberdeen, in which the fact of Mr. Gray's being a barrister, as well as certain particulars of his professional career (given in proof of his respectability) were deposed to.

The ATTORNEY-GENERAL, without offering any opposition to this application, suggested the prudence of postponing a compliance with it for a time until Mr. Gray could procure the necessary letters of introduction from England .

Their HONORS were of opinion that the best course would be to admit Mr. Gray provisionally, until such time as he could obtain the necessary documents, and for which purpose he would be allowed until the 1st of December next. Mr. Gray was then admitted as a barrister of the Supreme Court upon those conditions, which he stated he should most readily comply with.

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