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466 V O L . 7 5 P A R T 3 M A Y 2 0 1 7 THE ADVOCATE The information to be given will, it is hoped, be found to be instructive, interesting and helpful. The drama of human affairs as it appears in a law office will be presented in the form of interviews as between client and lawyer, upon subjects likely to be of use and interest, and in the form of statements of cases which have occurred or are likely to occur, and other items thought to be of value to people who have problems to solve. Lawyers are especially educated and trained to give service in any matter in which the rights of individuals are involved. They are, in short, the special guardians of the freedom and the rights of those who consult them. Consult Your Lawyer LAWYERS–SOLICITORS In British Columbia a lawyer may be both a barrister and a solicitor— most lawyers are both. The business of a solicitor is to do legal work of all kinds except present cases in court—which is the function of a barrister. A solicitor upon being admitted to practise must swear to the following oath before a judge in open court: I do swear that I will truly and honestly demean myself in the practice of a Solicitor, according to the best of my knowledge and ability. So help me God. A lawyer is a sworn officer of justice and is an officer of every court in which he practises. All lawyers are NOTARIES PUBLIC and COMMISSIONERS FOR OATHS. Consult Your Lawyer LAWYERS–BARRISTERS A barrister is a lawyer whose business it is to conduct cases in court. A solicitor is a lawyer who gives all other legal service except conduct cases in court. In British Columbia almost all lawyers are both barristers and solicitors. After a long course of study and apprenticeship, a Barrister is called to the bar by the benchers of the Law Society. Upon being called to the bar a barrister must SWEAR before a judge in open court, that: he will protect and defend the rights and interests of such persons as may employ him; he shall conduct all cases faithfully and to the best of his ability; shall neglect no man’s interest nor seek to destroy any man’s property; he shall not refuse causes of complaints reasonably founded, nor shall he promote suits upon frivolous pretences; he shall not


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