Social Justice Advocacy

When Sir Owen Dixon was sworn in as Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia in 1952 he remarked "... it is the duty of the barrister to stand between the subject and the Crown, and between the rich and the poor, the powerful and the weak".


This is a duty the Victorian Bar takes very seriously. The Bar is aware of the important role it plays in making sure justice is available to everyone.


The Victorian Bar upholds key values of equality and justice to support the right of all members of society to access quality legal representation.


The members of the Bar engage in a wide range of activities which aim to ensure that access to the courts is open to all members of the community and to promote the rule of law including the proper administration of justice.

Pro Bono

The legal assistance scheme supported by over 1000 members of the Victorian Bar and operated by the Justice Connect.
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Duty Barristers

A barrister volunteer roster to assist those in need of legal aid in the Magistrates' Court, Supreme Court, Court of Appeal or County Court.
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Human Rights

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Climate Change & Environment

The panel aims to promote advocacy of climate change and environmental law and contribute to the development of effective legislation.
Environmentarrow

Indigenous Advocacy

Programs to attract and retain Indigenous barristers and increase the participation of Indigenous Australians in the legal profession.
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Disaster Response

Disaster Responsearrow

Animal Welfare

Barristers work together and with external groups to protect animal welfare and contribute to law reform in the animal rights sector.
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Sports Law

Members of the Victorian Bar provide legal support for sporting organisations through a number of initiatives and contribute to grass roots development.
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