Resources

Annual reports

The 2015-16 Annual Report includes highlights of the year, appointments, membership statistics and reports from various departments, committees and working parties of the Bar Association.

Archive of annual reports 1999-2016.

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.

Back issues

AustLII has compiled an  archive of Bar News editions, from 1985 to 2015. More recent editions will be added shortly. The archive is fully searchable and has additional functionality, such as sorting articles by "Most accessed" and "Most cited".

Contributions

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.

Advertising

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.

Drug policy Discussion paper

The Criminal Law Committee of the New South Wales Bar Association has released a discussion paper in relation to drug law reform. The committee has concluded that prohibition has been largely ineffective at preventing the availability of prohibited drugs or in decreasing levels of use. Given the harm to individuals and society that results from prohibition, the time has come to give serious consideration to alternatives. The Bar Association hopes to stimulate discussion in relation to this extremely important issue.

Guide to Becoming a Barrister

The Bar Association publishes the  Guide to Becoming a Barrister to assist you in taking the first steps in finding out whether the Bar is a career path for you.

Inbrief

InBrief is the daily news bulletin from the New South Wales Bar Association, keeping members up to date with appointments, conferences, legislation and social events.

Media releases and briefings

The aims of the New South Wales Bar Association include promoting the administration of justice and seeking to ensure that the benefits of the administration of justice are reasonably and equally available to all members of the community.

Through  media releases and interviews the Bar Association seeks to promote and defend the essential tenets of our justice system, as well as the interests of its members, in the public arena.

submissions

The Bar Association's committees regularly advise and assist the Bar Council in the preparation of detailed submissions regarding draft legislation and current issues in the administration of justice. The expert commentaries of our committees are sought by governments and opposition political parties, as well as parliamentary committees and law reform agencies. 

law council submissions

The New South Wales Bar Association is a constituent body of the Law Council of Australia. Our members serve on Law Council committees, working groups and other advisory bodies, where they assist in the preparation submissions. A list of those submissions may be obtained here.

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 .

Special reports

Common Law Practice Updates

The Bar Association's Common Law Committee publishes its Practice Updates (CLPUs) periodically, via InBrief. The first 20 of these digests have been collated

CLPU Volume 1 (Updates 1-10)  |  CLPU Volume 2 (Updates 11-20) |  CLPU Volume 3  (Updates 21-30)  |  CLPU Volume 4  (Updates 31-40)  |  CLPU Volume 5  (Updates 41-50)