Australia-NT Barristers' Conduct Rules

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Long Title: 
Northern Territory Bar Association Barristers' Conduct Rules
Published/Promulgated by
Name of entity: 
Northern Territory Bar Association
Type of entity: 
Professional Body
Country: 
Australia
Who is subject to this regulation?: 
Barristers/Advocates

The administration of justice is best served by reserving the practice of law to those
who owe their paramount duty to the administration of justice. As legal practitioners, barristers must maintain high standards of professional conduct. The role of barristers as specialist advocates in the administration of justice requires them to act honestly, fairly, skilfully, diligently and fearlessly. Barristers owe duties to the courts, to other bodies and persons before whom they appear, to their clients, and to their barrister and solicitor colleagues. Barristers should exercise their forensic judgments and give their advice
independently and for the proper administration of justice, notwithstanding any
contrary desires of their clients. The provision of advocates for those who need legal representation is better secured if there is a Bar whose members:
(a) must accept briefs to appear regardless of their personal prejudices;
(b) must not refuse briefs to appear except on proper professional grounds; and
(c) compete as specialist advocates with each other and with other legal
practitioners as widely and as often as practicable.
Barristers should be free to choose how they lawfully practise as barristers except only
in those cases where the unchecked exercise of the freedom would threaten harm to
the greater public interest that barristers' conduct be honourable, diligent, especially
skilled, disinterested and competitive and that access to barristers' services be
enhanced

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