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QC option for new silks

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Cite as: March 2015 89 (3) LIJ, p.17

The 18 barristers appointed Senior Counsel in November last year will be able to change their title to Queen's Counsel.  

Victorian Attorney-General Martin Pakula announced that new silks would be given the same option as existing senior members of the Bar. Last April, 156 out of 176 Senior Counsel opted for QC.

“Following the reintroduction of Queen’s Counsel in Victoria last year, many Senior Counsel took the opportunity to change their designation. I have determined that the most recent group of Senior Counsel appointees should likewise have the opportunity to be appointed as Queen’s Counsel,” Mr Pakula said.

The option was welcomed by Victorian Bar chair Jim Peters QC. “Because the designation of QC is a mark of distinction recognised globally, the offer of choice by the Attorney-General assists advocates in competing internationally and in the domestic Australian level,” Mr Peters said. Mr Pakula has asked the Victorian Bar to conduct a review of the reintroduction of the QC title before any further QCs are appointed. The NSW Bar recently conducted a similar review and decided to continue with SC as the official title for silks.

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