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The title of Senior Counsel (postnominal SC; 資深大律師 in Hong Kong; 高级律师 in Singapore[1]) or State Counsel is given to a senior barrister or advocate in some countries, especially in current or former Commonwealth countries or jurisdictions in which the British monarch is no longer head of state, such as Hong Kong, Ireland, South Africa, Singapore, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago.



The use of SC was introduced by former Commonwealth nations and territories after independence from Britain. The dropping of the colonial legal title of QC was necessary when all ties to the monarchy needed to be severed, like in the case of Hong Kong following the handover in 1997.

It replaces the title Queen's Counsel (or in times with a male sovereign, King's Counsel).

Other jurisdictions have adopted similar titles such as Senior Advocate in India [2], Bangladesh[3] and Nigeria (see Senior Advocate of Nigeria), and President's Counsel in Sri Lanka.

The rank of Senior Counsel has also been introduced in Australia. It was temporarily established in New Zealand from 2007 until 2009. It is in the process of being abolished by the New Zealand Government in favour of restoring the title of Queen's Counsel. Those appointed as Senior Counsels have been given the option of becoming Queen's Counsels or remaining as Senior Counsels.

State Counsels are the public prosecutors in the legal system of Sri Lanka.


An example of dress in court.

Senior Counsel may style themselves as silks, like their British counterparts. This is the case in Australia, Hong Kong and South Africa.

In Hong Kong, Senior Counsel (men or women) must wear the black stuff and silk gown. When wigs are worn, they should cover the hair.

Junior counsel do not wear the full gown, but the dress code remains conservative and black.[4]

See also


  1. ^ Translation Standardisation Committee for the Chinese Media, Singapore
  2. ^ Supreme Court of India
  3. ^
  4. ^ Code of Conduct Annex 11

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