Bar of Montreal

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Bar of Montreal
Formation 1849
Type Bar Association
Legal status active
Purpose advocate and public voice, educator and network
Headquarters Montreal, Quebec
Region served
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Official language
Website Official website for the Bar of Quebec, Montreal

The Bar of Montreal is the bar association for lawyers in the city of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Fr: Barreau de Montréal). It has it beginnings in 1693 when, as a Royal Province of the French colonial empire, Canadien lawyers first tried to obtain official recognition but were refused by Governor General of New France Louis de Buade de Frontenac who upheld the 1678 edict by the Sovereign Council that denied recognition of the legal profession.

For nearly a century, the Canadien lawyers would not be given recognition until after becoming British colonial subjects. In the new British Province of Quebec, in 1765 Governor James Murray authorized the creation of the "Community of Lawyers" (Communauté des avocats) which granted commissions to its members that allowed them to practice law in the triple capacity of lawyer, notary and land surveyor. The precursor of the present-day Bar of Montreal, the Community of Lawyers adopted the first-ever code of ethics and conduct.

The Bar of Montreal became an independent corporation in 1849 through the Act to incorporate the Bar of Lower Canada (11-12 Vict. (1849), c.46.).