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.

Autumn 2023

This edition of Bar News published in May 2023 covers a diverse range of issues, including how to be a good junior, what is ChatGPT and how can it assist barristers, buying chambers, and how to deal with terrible witnesses.  Following the decision of the Bar Council to support the Yes campaign for the Referendum for the Voice this edition carries a number of articles on the subject.   There are wonderful interviews with barristers Tiffany Wong SC and Lee-May Saw and playwright Susie Miller, writer of Prima Facie and RBG.  It covers recent events including the 2022 Tutors and Readers Dinner, the Janet Coombs Memorial, the celebration of the latest Women Silks and a lunch to honour seven Experienced Barristers.  It ends with the Furies usual acerbic brilliance, this time answering the question: why is only 25% of the Bar women?

We welcome your feedback or a contribution for our next edition.

An archive of Bar News editions, beginning in 1985, is available on AustLII and the Bar Association's website. [Member login required]


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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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 coordinator of publications.