TITLE

The old QC selection system was not as bad as its press, but the new one should be better

PUB. DATE
January 2005
SOURCE
Lawyer;1/24/2005, Vol. 19 Issue 3, p15
SOURCE TYPE
Trade Publication
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article focuses on the notorious system of appointing Queen's Counsel (QC). Turning to the new system, the selection of new QCs will be bandied by an independent selection panel, which will include appreciable non-lawyer membership. This could work both ways. On the one hand, under the old system, good judges and barristers ought to know what are the qualities that make an outstanding advocate. On the other hand, they may well need the help of outsiders to see that some of the current procedures are out-dated. The new panel will include one judicial member, although references are to be taken from members of the judiciary who the candidate has appeared before in substantial or difficult cases.
ACCESSION #
15954133

 

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