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The Business of JudgingSelected Essays and Speeches$
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Tom Bingham

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198299127

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198299127.001.0001

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Address to the Centenary Conference of the Bar *

Address to the Centenary Conference of the Bar *

(p.355) 1 Address to the Centenary Conference of the Bar*
The Business of Judging

Tom Bingham

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the address to the Centenary Conference of the Bar, which contains some Anglo-American reflections. It also highlights the extraordinary extent to which the just and smooth operation of the legal system in Britain depends on the bond of confidence and trust which exists, or should exist, between the advocate (whether barrister or solicitor) and the judge. This is not something which the general public fully appreciates. It is a truism that the century since the Bar Council was established has seen striking changes in the substance of the law, in the structure of the courts, in practice and procedure, in the organization of the legal profession, and in the public's perception of the law, the courts, and legal practitioners.

Keywords:   Centenary Conference, Bar Council, legal system, advocate, judge, law, courts, Britain

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