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The Legal Profession Act, Conduct and Bar Rules

The Legal Profession Act (NT) provides for admission to, and the regulation of, the legal profession, and for entities relating to the legal profession, and for other purposes.

Current legislation, regulations and rules can be otained from the NT Government Legislation database.

The Act in the below link is dated 1 July 2008.

Legal Profession Act

Legal Profession Regulations

Main purposes of the Legal Profession Act

The main purposes of this Act are as follows:

  1. To promote the administration of justice;
  2. to provide for the protection of consumers of legal services and the public generally;
  3. to regulate legal practice in this jurisdiction, including the legal practice of foreign law by foreign lawyers;
  4. to facilitate the regulation of legal practice on a national basis.

Rules of Professional Conduct and Practice

Section 689 of the Legal Profession Act 2006 (the LPA) provides that the Society may make rules for the legal profession including barristers. The current Rules of Professional Conduct and Practice were introduced in January 2002, and amended in May 2005. In accordance with s 756 of the LPA the Rules of Professional Conduct and Practice as in force immediately before the commencement of the LPA were deemed to be rules under the LPA.

Barristers' Conduct Rules

The NT Bar Association adopted rules at an Annual General Meeting held on 14 March 2002. These rules were then adopted as a schedule to the Society's Rules of Professional Conduct and Practice as Barristers' Conduct Rules. In accordance with s 756 of the LPA the Barristers' Conduct Rules as in force immediately before the commencement of the LPA were deemed to be rules under the LPA.

Office Location

Level 3, 9 Cavenagh Street
Darwin NT 0800

Mailing Address

GPO Box 2388
Darwin NT 0801

Contact

Phone: 08 8981 5104
Fax: 08 8941 1623
Email: lawsoc@lawsocietynt.asn.au

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