All Advocates

Advocates are legal professionals and has to be admitted as such by the High Court. An advocate can choose to practice as a member of a professional association or Bar after following a one year pupillage and passing the Bar exam and which demand practice according to a strict professional code of ethics.

The term ‘Bar’ is a metonym for the line or ‘bar’ back then that separated the parts of a courtroom reserved for spectators and those reserved for lawyers.

Advocates are grouped according to senior and junior counsel and further ranked according to their seniority i.e. years of practice at the Bar and are either silks, senior juniors (11+ years of practice) or juniors (0 – 10 years of practice). The practice of seniority is an age-old convention that assists in arranging the affairs of a Bar and the discipline in court.