219. Rights of audience

(1) Subject to court procedure rules —
(a) where a person has been practising or employed as a lawyer for a continuous period of at least 5 years immediately prior to appearing before the Court, he shall have the right of audience before the Courts;
(b) where a person has not been practising or employed as a lawyer for a continuous period of at least 5 years immediately prior to appearing before the Court, he may seek leave to have a right of audience before the Courts; save that
(c) any person may appear and have a right of audience before the Small Claims and Employment Divisions of the Court of First Instance, but such appearance is subject to compliance with any rules of conduct of the Courts.
(2) Subsection (1)(a) does not apply to a person if he has been banned or suspended by the approved regulator as a result of disciplinary proceedings and —
(a) that approved regulator has not lifted the ban or suspension; or
(b) the period within which the suspension takes effect has not expired.
(3) In this section —
(a) "approved regulator" means a body authorised to regulate the admission, licensing and conduct of lawyers in a particular jurisdiction;
(b) "lawyer" means someone who is authorised to practice law in any jurisdiction by the approved regulator in that jurisdiction.