A History of the Bar and Inn of Court of Northern Ireland Synopsis
This is the first complete history of the Bar of Northern Ireland, and of The Inn of Court of Northern Ireland since each came into existence in 1921 and 1926 respectively. Part One contains 12 chapters, the first three of which trace the history of the Irish Bar from Norman times until the creation of the Bar Of Northern Ireland Bar in 1921. The remaining chapters describe the history of the Bar of Northern Ireland and the Inn of Court of Northern Ireland until the present day. Separate chapters deal with events leading up to the split with King’s Inns and the creation of the Inn of Court of Northern Ireland in 1926; the construction of the Royal Courts of Justice; education and the Inn; the physical expansion of the Northern Ireland Bar and the construction of the new Bar Library; call, reciprocity and silk, and the governance of the Inn and the Bar from 1969 to the present day. Part Two consists of a list of those called to the Northern Ireland Bar between October 1921 and the end of 2012 with biographical details; those called to the Inner Bar in the same period; succession lists of the attorneys general, chairmen of the Bar Council, the senior judiciary and the county court judges, as well as an extensive bibliography and comprehensive index.
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About A. R. Hart
Sir Anthony Hart was called to the Bar of Northern Ireland in 1969, and became a Queen’s Counsel in 1983. He was appointed a county court judge in 1985, Recorder of Belfast in 1997, the first presiding judge of the county courts in 2002, a judge of the high court in 2005, and retired in 2012. A former president of the Irish Legal History Society, he was awarded the Society’s Gold Medal in 2012, and has written on various aspects of Irish legal history.
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