Murphy, Joseph John. 'A suggestion for the fusion of the two branches of the legal professions'. - Dublin: Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland,Vol. IX Part LXXII, 1891/1892, pp613-616
Journal of The Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland Vol. IX Part LXXII 1891/1892
It scarcely needs proof that the distinction between the two branches
of the legal profession—between barrister and solicitor—is purely
artificial, and incapable of justification on principles of ordinary
common sense. There is in the nature of things no imaginable reason
why the man who is competent to draw up a brief containing
all that is important in a case, should be held incompetent to address
the court and to examine the witnesses in the same case; and it is
inevitable that such a distinction must often cause needless expense
by requiring the employment of two men to do work which one man
could do as well, and needless inconvenience by preventing the
suitor from having direct verbal communication with the barrister
who is to represent him before the judge, and conduct his case in
court. I cannot add anything to what is familiar to most men on
this subject; I take all this as granted, and go on with a suggestion
as to the best way of getting rid of this anomaly and inconvenience.
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