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Gender-based honorifics no longer required when female counsel introduce themselves to the Court

For years, female practitioners have had to make known their marital status when introducing themselves in court rather than just using their surname as is done by their male colleagues. The ADLS Newly Suited committee, Chief Justice Dame Helen Winkelmann and a judicial committee all agree that this practice is outdated and unnecessary and needs to be changed. Until there is clear practice guidance on the matter, it will be up to those in the legal profession to adopt and implement this in practice.

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