Solicitor-Advocates to Gain Rights of Audience Before the Higher Courts of Hong Kong


Posted on February 2, 2010 at 5:02 AM

Litigants will soon be able to choose between having their case argued by either a barrister or a solicitor-advocate in the higher courts of Hong Kong. There are certain qualifications that the solicitor-advocate must fulfill before being able to be represent a litigant in the higher courts: solicitors with at least five years' post-qualification experience and who satisfy further eligibility requirements may apply to the Higher Rights Assessment Board for the higher rights of audience. This change is attributed to the Legal Practitioners (Amendment) Bill 2009 that was recently passed by the special administrative region’s Legislative Council. The benefits of this move include a wider talent pool, costs savings, and better service from solicitors. The Higher Rights Assessment Board is expected to accept the first applications in around a year.

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