For the practice of law, England and Wales are split into six distinct geographical regions known as “circuits”. The origins of the circuit system go back to the 12th century, when visiting judges would travel around the country each year on circuits to hear cases.
From the perspective of the Bar, the circuits now exist to represent barristers’ and legal service users’ interests in a specific geographical area. Each circuit elects a leader who must be a KC, and they serve a three-year team. The role of a leader is to represent the circuit and its members to relevant stakeholders.