THE VICTORIAN BAR

ABOUT THE VICTORIAN BAR

The Victorian Bar is a private, voluntary, self‐funded, non‐profit professional association of barristers who practise in Victoria.

The work of the barrister is built on the proud tradition of providing strong and independent legal representation and advice without fear or favour to all in the community.

Since 1891, Victoria has had a fused or amalgamated legal profession. That is, there has been a single admission to practice as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria. The terminology changed with the Legal Profession Act 2004 (Vic) to admission as an “Australian lawyer” and licensing to practise as an “Australian legal practitioner” and “local legal practitioner”. “Barrister” is defined in the Legal Profession Act 2004 (Vic) as “an Australian legal practitioner who engages in legal practice solely as a barrister”.

The Victorian Bar:

  • has responsibility under the Legal Profession Act 2004 (Vic) for making the legal profession rules that govern barristers
  • performs several functions delegated by the Legal Services Board (the peak legal regulatory body in Victoria) including the receipt and processing of applications for practising certificates by barristers
  • through the Ethics Committee, investigates complaints against barristers referred by the Legal Services Commissioner and reports back to the Commissioner