in brief - latest articles

The Bar Association's daily news and current awareness bulletin,  InBrief, keeps members informed regarding new legislation, appointments, inquiries, conferences and much more. For further information, contact

Bar News is the journal of the Bar Association, written by the members, for the members. Each issue includes a mix of engaging and distracting articles on recent cases, professional conduct, notable speeches, appointments, book reviews and news from sporting and social events.


We welcome contributions from our members and encourage you to follow the  Bar News style guide, which is based upon the Chicago Manual of Style. Reference is also made to the current edition of The Australian Concise Oxford Dictionary. Contributors are requested to study these sources before submitting material for publication. It may also be useful to study articles already published in Bar News. We reserve the right to alter grammatical construction, punctuation and citations to conform with the house style and accepted grammatical rules of construction.


The Bar News Committee welcomes advertising, but reserves the right to reject ads which it believes is inappropriate. Requests should be made using our booking form and we prefer advance credit card payment. For further information, contact the publications manager.

Court structure, judges titles and seniority

The Bar Association has published a  quick guide to the federal and New South Wales court structures, how to address judges and magistrates, the use of post-nominals, the order of seniority for barristers and the admission to the roll of lawyers.

Self-represented litigants

Litigants appearing without legally qualified representation is an increasing phenomenon. The Bar Association has published Guidelines for Barristers on Dealing with Self-Represented Litigants .