|Advocacy Training Council|
|Thursday, 28 August 2008 01:08|
In January 2005, the Australian Bar Council received a report proposing the establishment of an ABA Advocacy Training body along the lines of the Advocacy Training Council of the Bar of England and Wales.
In response to that Report, a planning meeting of the constituent bars was held in Sydney in April 2005 which enthusiastically endorsed the establishment of an Australian Bar Training Council. Subsequently, the Australian Bar Council resolved to create the Advocacy Training Council (the "ATC").
Its establishment was an important first step for the ABA, as the peak body for Australian barristers, to become directly involved in the initial and ongoing training of barristers practising at the independent referral Bars. It was also a clear recognition of the ABA’s emphasis on the maintenance and enhancement of professional standards, in particular, advocacy training.
The present function and responsibilities of the Advocacy Training Council are stated to be: