Readers

Samuel Griffith Chambers recognises the importance of supporting those starting out at the Bar. We show that support by encouraging prospective readers to apply to the Floor where we have made available a space to accommodate two readers.

We have two readers’ desks in our library which ensures that the readers have their own space but are encouraged to interact with their more experienced colleagues. The space includes a cupboard for robes.

We generally accept one reader each course, depending on the quality of the applicants and this means the readers will usually overlap.

Chambers makes a decision concerning applicants for the May course by 30 October of the previous year; and for the October course by 30 April.

The criteria in determining applications includes:

  • a strong CV;
  • support from the profession;
  • an interest in criminal law;
  • a genuine commitment to fulfill the term, and
  • whether the applicant shows promise as an advocate and has a personality suited to floor harmony.

An applicant should have at least one tutor on the Floor.

Prospective readers will be invited to attend an interview prior to their application being submitted to the Floor for a decision.

The position as a reader in Samuel Griffith Chambers is available for twelve months and is designed to coincide with the barrister’s time as a reader.

If a room is available for sale at the completion of their course, they may make an application to purchase a room. All applications must be approved by the Floor members.

Letters of interest and CVs may be forwarded to the Clerk to be submitted to the Head of Chambers and the Directors for their consideration.

The Chambers website is samuelgriffithchambers.com.au