BCO28: REGISTRY FILES, 1876 - 1987

Extent and form : 30 files

Administrative history: a registry system for classifying files was implemented at some point during the second half of the 20th Century, from which the files in this series are the survivals. Most of the files were created during the period the documents they contain were written, but a few are compiled files drawing together earlier documents from other sources.

Scope and content: the majority of files are from the Committee section of the registry system, covering governance, organisation and discipline. A PC reference is for Professional Conduct matters. It is unclear what the other reference letters stand for.

Arrangement: the files have been arranged alphabetically in file reference order.

Related material: BCO/17, containing the minutes and papers of the Special Committee on a Central Organisation of the Inns of Court, relates to BCO/28/20. A number of these Registry files overlap or expand on the records in BCO/26, Bar Organisation.

Item list:

Reference Title Dates Extent Scope and contents
BCO/28/01 COM 1: Annual General Meetings and Extraordinary General Meetings of the Bar 1950 – 1974 3 files Contains notices of meetings, agenda papers, draft minutes, chairman’s speeches and other working papers.
BCO/28/02 COM 1 (vol. 2): AGM Senate 1980 – 1985 1 file Contains notices of meetings of the Senate and of the Bar, agenda papers, draft minutes, correspondence, briefing papers, ballot documents and other working papers.
BCO/28/03 COM 1 (vol. 3): AGM Senate, 1986 1986 – 1987 1 file Contains notices of the meetings of the Senate and of the Bar, resolutions, minutes, chairman’s speeches, ballot documents and a folder of correspondence. The June 1986 EGMs were called to consider the Rawlinson Report on the Constitution of the Senate and to approve the Report’s recommendations. The July 1986 AGM of the Bar approved the new constitution.
BCO/28/04 COM 8/18 (2): Planning Committee Sub-Committee B on the Organisation of the Profession 1970 1969 – 1970 1 file Contains memoranda, correspondence and minutes.
BCO/28/05 COM 12: Extraordinary General Meeting, 25 March 1975 1975 1 file Contains an agenda/notice of meeting and an explanatory letter.
BCO/28/06 COM 12: AGM – Bar Council, 19 July 1975 1975 1 file Contains the agenda paper for the AGM of the Bar.
BCO/28/07 COM 12: AGM – Bar Council, 12 July 1978 and 24 November 1978 1978 1 file Contains the agenda paper for the AGM of the Bar.
BCO/28/08 COM 12: AGM – Bar Council, 18 July 1979 1979 1 file Contains the agenda paper for the AGM of the Bar.
BCO/28/09 COM 12: AGM – Bar Council, 15 July 1980 1980 1 file Contains the agenda papers for the AGMs of the Senate and of the Bar, plus an explanatory letter from the Chairman of the Bar.
BCO/28/10 COM 12: AGM – Bar Council, 14 July 1981 1981 1 file Contains the agenda papers for the AGMs of the Senate and of the Bar.
BCO/28/11 COM 12: AGM – Bar Council, 14 July 1982 and 21 July 1982 1982 1 file Contains the agenda paper for the AGM of the Bar.
BCO/28/12 COM 12 (2): Extraordinary General Meeting of the Bar, 13 December 1982 1982 1 file Contains the agenda and papers for the EGM of the Bar.
BCO/28/13 COM12 (3): AGM – Bar Council, 1985 and 1986 1984 – 1986 1 file Contains notices of meetings, agenda papers, resolutions, chairman’s speeches, draft minutes, ballot documents, correspondence and other working documents
BCO/28/14 COM 20: Senate Membership 1985 – 1986 1 file This file was weeded in 1987 and now only contains Working Party on the Constitution and Composition of the Senate (Rawlinson Committee) documents. Extracts from relevant minutes are included only as photocopies, but the other documents are originals.
BCO/28/15 COM 25: Council Procedure 1959 – 1973 1 file Contains memoranda, reports, meeting papers, correspondence and extracts from minutes relating to the organisation and business of the Council.
BCO/28/16 COM 26: Re-delegation of Disciplinary Powers by the Judges 1974 – 1975 1 file Contains correspondence, resolutions and the draft Regulations of the General Council of the Inns of Court and the Bar, April 1974.
BCO/28/17 COM 26 (previously file 221): Senate – Discipline 1966 – 1971 1 file Initially covers the transfer of disciplinary powers to the Senate in 1967, but the file continues as a general file on discipline. Contains extracts from minutes, memoranda and correspondence.
BCO/28/18 COM 26 (previously file 221A): Senate – Discipline Transfer to New Senate 1967 – 1974 1 file Contains the resolutions and other papers relating to the transfer of disciplinary powers to the General Council of the Inns of Court and the Bar.
BCO/28/19 COM 65 vol. 3: Bar Education and Discipline Bill Proposed School of Law 1876 – 1971 1 file The majority of the file dates from the period to 1905, with one later document (undated, but referring to a 1950 article) discussing the 1877 Bar Education and Discipline Bill and the second being the 1971 Report of the Joint Committee on the Ormrod Report.
BCO/28/20 COM 67 (previously COM 8/9): Organisation of the Bar 1960 – 1962 1 file Contains papers of the Special Committee on a Central Organisation of the Inns of Court, the Memorandum of the Bar Council and the Report of Inns of Court in reply.
BCO/28/21 COM 80 (3): First Meeting of the General Council of the Inns and the Bar on 29 July 1974 1974 1 file Contains documents relating to the winding up of the pre-1974 Bar Council and the agenda for the 29 July 1974 meeting.
BCO/28/22 COM 231 (N.S): President’s File 1974 – 1983 1 file Contains correspondence between the Senate President and Secretary and papers for the President’s information.
BCO/28/23 COM 284 (3): Libraries at the Royal Courts of Justice 1895 – 1978 1 file Apart from an 1895 history of the Probate Library, the file contains documents from the 1970s, again mainly about the history of the libraries and notes on the librarians.
BCO/28/24 COM 286 (Vol. 1): Senate Disciplinary Tribunals Procedure 1977 – 1978 1 file This file was weeded and now only contains papers for a meeting on the Maintenance of Standards of Professional Conduct at the Bar held on 18 July 1978.
BCO/28/25 COM 286 (Vol. 2): Senate Disciplinary Tribunals Procedure 1974 – 1986 1 file This file was weeded and now only contains papers on the Transfer of the Senate’s Disciplinary Powers to the Inns Council, effective on 1 January 1987. The file contains the signed resolutions of the four Inns of Court and the Judges.
BCO/28/26 L (F1): Formation of the Senate – Finance 1969 – 1974 1 file Contains papers and reports on finances and subscriptions, plus agenda papers and reports for the shadow committee meetings held before the inauguration of the Senate in July 1974.
BCO/28/27 OS.46.A.B: Pearce Committee 1972 – 1973 1 file Contains the First Interim Report by the Pearce Committee, May 1972 and a Memorandum to the Pearce Committee from the General Council of the Bar, 23 February 1973.
BCO/28/28 OS.PC.82 (5) Vol. 1: Non-Practising Barristers 1953 1 file The cover notes the file was weeded in 1968.
BCO/28/29 OS.PC.82 (5) Vol. 2: Non-Practising Barristers 1951 – 1953 1 file The cover notes the file was weeded in 1968.
BCO/28/30 PC 21: Professional Conduct and Discipline N.D. 1 file The file probably dates from the late 1950s.
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