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Friday, 20 July 1906

Mr FRAZER (Kalgoorlie) . - I move -

That the Committee be instructed that they have power to take into consideration an amendment to allow the Judges of the High Court to prescribe conditions for the admission by examination of barristers and solicitors.

I have been induced to take this action because of my desire that the Federal Court shall occupy a position similar to that now held by the Supreme Courts of the States in relation to the admission of legal practitioners. Under section 49 of the Judiciary Act, all persons qualified to practice in the States Courts are entitled to appear before the High Court. That provision has given a certain measure of satisfaction. No difficulty has arisen so far as I am aware, but there is no reason why the High Court should not have the power to admit persons to practice before it.

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