ABA WELCOMES FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FUNDING INJECTION INTO LEGAL ASSISTANCE SECTOR
Last-minute cancellation of legal assistance funding cuts a great victory for justice and vulnerable Australians.
THE OFFICE OF QUEEN'S COUNSEL IN NSW
The Bar Council has requested comment from members on the desirability of reinstating the use of the term "Queen's Counsel" in NSW. A committee has been established to examine the responses received and report to Bar Council on the suitability of the Bar Association approaching the attorney general to seek support for the establishment of a system for the appointment of individuals as "Queen's Counsel" following their appointment as "Senior Counsel" under the existing Silk Selection Protocol. The committee will comprise the Hon L J Priestley QC (Chair), Noel Hutley SC, Campbell Bridge SC, Arthur Moses SC, Anthony Lo Surdo SC, Elizabeth Cheeseman SC and Victoria Brigden.
The committee has been asked to report to Bar Council by 17 April 2014. Members will be kept informed of developments.
COMING TO THE NEW SOUTH WALES BAR
Information for law students and others who are interested in starting a career at the NSW Bar; for interstate and overseas legal practitioners wishing to obtain a practising certificate; and those who wish to return to practice at the bar.
EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Visit the home page of the Professional Development Department for the latest information on Bar exams, CPD seminars, regional mini-conferences and practising at the Bar. Education, training >>
PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT AND BARRISTERS RULES
A new, amended version of the New South Wales Barristers’ Rules were published in the NSW Government Gazette No. 168 at page 5703. They replace the version gazetted on 8 July 2011 and reflect the amendments made to the uniform national rules of conduct prepared and approved by the Australian Bar Association. View the marked up version of the rules here. The new rules will take effect on 6 January 2014.
All barristers in New South Wales are bound by the Legal Profession Act 2004, the Legal Profession Regulation 2005 and the New South Wales Barristers' Rules. Learn more >
The Bar Association's Professional Conduct Department facilitates the investigation and reporting to Bar Council of conduct complaints either referred to the Bar Council by the Legal Services Commissioner or initiated by the council itself. Learn more >>
OUR MEMBERSHIP OF NATIONAL ORGANISATIONS
The Bar Association is a constituent body of two peak national organisations representing the interests of Australian lawyers: The Law Council and The Australian Bar Association >>