All Victorian Bar activities are managed by a Council of 21 members. Council elections are held each year and followed by the appointment of office bearers. Council is assisted by a number of committees, associations and and panels as well as administrative support from Bar Office staff.
Council manages and administers the Victorian Bar’s business and affairs. It meets fortnightly.
Council has responsibility either directly or indirectly for activities of the Bar, including:
- providing, through its wholly-owned service company Barristers Chambers Ltd (‘BCL'), access to professional chambers located in the vicinity of the courts and organised on a collective basis
- through volunteer committee membership, contributing to public policy making and legislation by submissions directly to government and collaborating, when appropriate, with the Law Institute of Victoria, the Law Council of Australia and the Australian Bar Association
- providing, in conjunction with the Public Interest Law Clearing House, a pro bono legal assistance scheme
- sustaining and regulating a system of clerking whereby administrative and marketing services are provided to barristers by a number of clerks licensed by the Bar Council
- administering a benevolent fund, which is a charitable trust established by the Bar Council to assist barristers in needy circumstances
- supporting a social and dining club for its members, The Essoign Club