Barristers (Qualification for Office) Act 1961

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The Barristers (Qualification for Office) Act 1961 (1961 c. 44) was an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom that modified the requirements for a barristers call to the Bar. It consisted of only two sections, one of which is the Act's short title.[1] The Act allows time spent as a solicitor to be taken into account when calculating any required period of service for promotion to a role in, for example, the judiciary. The Act was moved as a private members bill and given its second reading by Lord Mancroft, who personally felt that it would have little effect.[2] It was, however, seen as a sign that the two branches of the English legal profession were moving closer to fusion, and allowed solicitors to take up judicial offices previously closed to them.[2]

The Act was repealed by the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990.[3]


  1. ^ C (1962) p.59
  2. ^ a b C (1962) p.60
  3. ^ Chronological table of the statutes. London: HMSO. 1993. ISBN 0-11-840331-1., p. 1004


  • C (1962). "Barristers (Qualification for Office) Act, 1961". The Modern Law Review. Blackwell. 25 (1). ISSN 0026-7961.