After consultation with the Bar Council, the Mauritius Law Society Council or the Chamber of Notaries, the Council will draw up a list of law practitioners of not less than 15 years¹ standing from each of the three branches of the profession who may be pupil masters.
B. PUPILLAGE FOR PROSPECTIVE BARRISTER
(i) For those qualified in Mauritius, attachment to:
(a) The chambers of a barrister for 9 months; or
(b) The chambers of a barrister for 3 months and a barrister in a law firm for 6 months; AND
(c) The office of an attorney for 3 months.
(ii) For those qualified in England and wales, Australia, New Zealand, Canada or France, attachment:
(a) For a period of not less than 12 months to the chambers of a barrister of not less than 15 years¹ standing in the State in which he qualifies; or
(b) For a period of not less than 9 months to the chambers of one or more barrister of not less than 15 years¹ standing in Mauritius, England and Wales, Australia, New Zealand, Canada or France, and ofattachment for a consecutive period of not less than 3 months to the office of an attorney in Mauritius.
C. DUTIES OF PUPIL MASTER
The pupil master shall:
(i) ensure that the pupil is in attendance for such aggregate number of hours per week as may be determined by the Council;
(ii) provide him with the necessary assistance and guidance in the completion of his preparation before he is able to practise;
(iii) in the case of a prospective barrister or attorney, make him familiar with proceedings in Court;
(iv) ensure that a prospective barrister or attorney is suitably attired when representing his client as provided for under section 21(4)(a) of the Law Practitioners Act;
(v) give the applicant the necessary and appropriate opportunity to interact with clients;
(vi) provide the council with a comprehensive report on the applicant¹s performance during pupillage.
Furthermore, in his presence, a prospective barrister or attorney who has completed 6 months of pupillage may represent his pupil master¹s client at any stage of any proceedings before a magistrate other than:
(i) a trial on the merits;
(ii) arguments on a matter of law; or
(iii) submissions at the end of a case.
Pupillage in Mauritius is not funded.