Ethics Bulletins


From time to time the Ethics Committee publishes bulletins concerning topical situations and on matters where the same or similar questions have arisen on multiple occasions.

SS. 71 & 72 of the Family Violence Protection Act 2008 (VIC)
Bulletin No. 1 of 2020
published - 20 May 2020

Operation of rule 46
Bulletin No. 3 of 2018
published - 14 December 2018

Barristers Not to Undertake Solicitor’s Work
Bulletin No. 2 of 2018
first published In Brief No. 885 - 5 October 2018

Request for Counsel to Sign Documentation For the Provision of Court Transcripts
Bulletin No. 1 of 2018
first published In Brief No. 867 - 1 June 2018

Professional Websites and Social Networking Sites
Bulletin No. 2 of 2017
published 

Seeking a Resolution of the Ethics Committee
Bulletin No. 1 of 2017
replaces Bulletin No. 2 of 2015
published In Brief No. 804 – 17 February 2017

Barristers Working at Community Legal Centres
Bulletin No. 1 of 2016
first published In Brief No. 770 – 27 May 2016

VLA Preferred Criminal Barrister List Expression of Interest form
Bulletin No. 1 of 2015
first published In Brief No. 713 – 20 March 2015

Email Communications – Private Disputes
Bulletin No. 1 of 2014
first published In Brief No. 675 – 6 June 2014
revised 2 May 2017

Barristers and the Media
Bulletin No. 3 of 2013
first published In Brief No. 643 – 4 October 2013
revised 2 May 2017

Communications between Counsel
Bulletin No. 2 of 2013
first published In Brief No. 615 – 22 March 2013
reproduced 2 May 2017

Changes to Victoria Legal Aid Funding, February 2013
Bulletin No. 1 of 2013
first published In Brief No. 611 – 22 February 2013
revised 2 May 2017

Acceptance of Two Briefs to Appear on the Same Day
Bulletin No. 3 of 2012
first published In Brief No. 596 – 19 October 2012
reproduced 2 May 2017

Email Communications with Courts and Tribunals
Bulletin No. 1 of 2012
first published In Brief No.574 – 18 May 2012
revised 2 May 2017

Caution When Conferring with Witnesses
Bulletin No. 4 of 2011
first published In Brief No.552 – 25 November 2011
revised 2 May 2017

Documents Produced Under Subpoena
Bulletin No. 3 of 2011 (Replaced Bulletin 1 of 1991)
published In Brief No. 549 – 4 November 2011
reproduced 2 May 2017

Conflict in Respect of Legal Proceedings Currently Before a Court
Bulletin No. 1 of 2011
first published In Brief No. 542 - 16 September 2011
revised 2 May 2017

Counsel’s Obligations where Instructing Solicitor’s Instructions are Withdrawn
Bulletin No. 1 of 2010
first published In Brief No. 474 – 6 May 2010
reproduced 2 May 2017

SS 356 and 357 of the Criminal Procedure Act 2009
(prev Section 37CA of the Evidence Act 1958)

Bulletin No. 2 of 2009
first published In Brief No. 449 – 22 October 2009
revised 2 May 2017