The legal profession in Victoria is divided into two distinct branches: solicitors and barristers.
If you need help with a legal matter, your first point of contact A document that sets out what a person wants to happen to their money and other property after they die. usually be a A legal practitioner (lawyer) who sees clients and opens files to deal with their legal matters but usually does not appear in court. See also barrister.. Barristers usually do most of their work in An independent body that hears legal claims brought by parties and decides between them. Serious cases are heard by a judge and jury, or just a judge. Less-serious cases are heard by a magistrate.. Either a solicitor or a A lawyer who specialises in giving advice in difficult cases and representing clients in court. can represent you in court. Usually, a solicitor ‘briefs’ a barrister to appear on your behalf in court. However, a barrister may agree to represent you in court without being briefed by a solicitor for limited types of work (e.g. advice and representation in In Victoria, a child or young person under 18. See also infant. criminal cases).
Before being allowed to practise as a barrister in Victoria, a solicitor must pass an entrance exam. They must then complete a nine-month reading period, which provides an opportunity to develop the skills required for their new role. As part of this, they complete a two-month course on advocacy, communication, decision-making, practice development, and ethics and conduct skills. They are supervised by a mentor and a senior mentor during their reading period.
Where the term ‘lawyer’ is used in this chapter, it refers to both barristers and solicitors. Reference to either a ‘barrister’ or a ‘solicitor’ means only that branch of the profession, not all lawyers.