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Civility and Professional Courtesy in the Courtroom
Wednesday 03 April 2019, 01:00pm - 02:00pm

Please use your manners and stop ‘driving others crazy’!

Venue: Law Society Northern Territory. Level 3, 9 Cavenagh Street, Darwin 
Cost: $99.00 inc GST 
Level:  Suitable for all Legal Practitioners and Court Staff

This CPD will be video linked to Alice Springs at the Supreme Court, 14 Parsons Street, Alice Springs

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While the tradition of civility and professional courtesy in the legal profession goes beyond the requirements of appearance in court, it is in the courtroom where practitioners publicly display their civility and professional courtesy to the judge, their peers, court staff, clients and the public, and juries where applicable.

The development of one’s career is improved when legal practitioners uphold high standards of behaviour demonstrated through considerate interpersonal actions in the courtroom. A lack of professional courtesy in the courtroom, regardless of your sense of urgency, simply ‘drives others crazy’, although they are unlikely to tell you.

What makes ‘being’ a legal practitioner different from other professions, is that we hold a critical and sensitive place in the functioning of a society governed by the Rule of Law. A breach of civility and professional courtesy may coincide with a breach of ethical obligations. Lawyers are required to be, first and foremost, officers of the court and to continuously prove they are ‘fit and proper’ to be so.

Presented by: The Hon Justice Graham Hiley 

The Hon Justice Graham Hiley has practiced as a lawyer since 1972, first as a solicitor, then as a barrister. He lived and worked in Darwin 1976 to 1994, took silk in 1987, then practiced from Brisbane 1994 to 2012. His practice covered most areas of the law, in particular workers compensation, commercial and administrative law and culminated in him specialising in native title.

He was a founder of the Northern Territory Bar Association and of William Forster Chambers, and was an active participant in various associations and tribunals in the NT. He has also been involved in the Defence Force since 1972.

Justice Hiley became a member of the NT Law Society in 1976 and was President 1987 to 1988. He was an inaugural member of the NT Bar Association in 1981 and was President 1990 to 1993.

He was appointed to the Northern Territory Supreme Court on 1 March 2013.

Earn 1 CPD Point in Professional Ethics and Responsibilities (CA) 

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Level 3, 9 Cavenagh Street
Darwin NT 0800

Mailing Address

GPO Box 2388
Darwin NT 0801


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Fax: (08) 8941 1623
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