- Victorian Bar
The Victorian Bar is the
bar associationfor the Australian State of Victoria. It's members are barristers registered to practice in Victoria. As of 19 January 2006, there are 1627 counsel practising as members of the Victorian Bar.ref|num_counsel Once a barrister has been admitted to practice by the Supreme Court of Victoria, he or she is usually eligible to join the Victorian Bar. The Victorian Bar is affiliated with the Australian Bar Association and is a member of the Law Council of Australia.
The first association of barristers in Victoria was formed in 1884, although the first barristers admitted to practice in Victoria were appointed in 1841. A group of barristers composed rules of practice and regulations for interacting with
solicitors and clients. On 20 June 1900an official Bar Council was established, and a Bar Roll was started. By 1902, all barristers practising in Melbournehad signed the Roll. To this day, new barristers sign the roll once they are admitted to the bar.
Barristers' Chambers Limited (BCL), a company owned by the Victorian Bar Council, owns a number of complexes of barristers' chambers in
Melbourne. It was established in 1959 Many barristers have their chambers in these complexes. The Owen DixonChambers East and West and the Douglas MenziesChambers, both located directly opposite the Supreme Court building in William Street, are owned by BCL.
In 2001, the Victorian Bar launched a Legal Assistance Scheme in association with the
Public Interest Law Clearing House, in order to coordinate " pro bono" work among barristers in Victoria. Chief Justice of Australia Murray Gleesonpraised the Bar for its effort to "making access to justice not only a catch-phrase but a practical reality for many people."ref|las
# cite web | title=Size and Composition | work=Victorian Bar | url=http://www.vicbar.com.au/2_1_5.html | accessdaymonth=19 January | accessyear=2006
# cite web | title=Murray Gleeson - Launch of the Victorian Bar Legal Assistance Scheme | work=High Court of Australia | url=http://www.hcourt.gov.au/speeches/cj/cj_vicbar.htm | accessdaymonth=19 January | accessyear=2006
* [http://www.vicbar.com.au/ http://www.vicbar.com.au/] - the Victorian Bar's website
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