Bar News

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.

Summer 2022 

The Summer 2022 edition features edition discusses the Criminal Bar Strikes in the United Kingdom, drug decriminalization, coronial reforms, the legal world’s reaction to Queen Elizabeth II’s death and David Gonski AC's cyber security Bathurst Lecture. It also includes interviews with Robert Dubler SC, Sharyn Hall SC, Sally Dowling SC on their roles as Advocates for change and the Director of the ODPP.  There is the usual, engaging mix of recent developments, book reviews, personalia, appointments and obituaries.


An archive of digital editions, beginning in 1985, is available here. [Member login required]

A searchable archive of Bar News is available on AustLII.

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.

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