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Legal News: Solicitor Advocates To Gain Right of Audience

by on March 17, 2010

Litigants in Hong Kong will shortly be allowed to decide if they want to have their case argued by a barrister or a solicitor-advocate in the ‘s  high courts.  According to a recent bulletin released by Herbert Smith:

“The special administrative region’s Legislative Council has recently passed the Legal Practitioners (Amendment) Bill 2009, which will allow solicitors to apply for higher rights of audience in both civil and criminal proceedings before the Court of First Instance, Court of Appeal and Court of Final Appeal. Whilst at present a barrister must be instructed in most civil and criminal cases conducted before these courts, under the changes litigants are able to choose between instructing barristers or engaging suitably qualified solicitor-advocates (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) to appear for them.”

This may lead to some significant benefits for litigants as engaging a solicitor-advocates will provide a wider choice of talent, and may also result in costs savings and improved service from solicitors. The Higher Rights Assessment Board is expected to begin accepting applications in early 2011.

For mor information, please visit the Hong Kong government’s website.

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