The Society's role in the community

The Law Society exists to:

  • Represent, advance, and defend the interests of an independent legal profession in the ACT.
  • Protect the public interest in the ACT system of justice through the efficient regulation of the profession in accordance with the Legal Profession Act and the Society's Rules for Solicitors.

The objects of the Society are:

  • To advance the study of jurisprudence.
  • To promote the administration of justice and development and improvement of law throughout the Territory.
  • To support and protect the character, status and interest of the legal profession and Legal Practitioners generally in the Territory.
  • To promote honourable practice, to suppress malpractice, professional misconduct or unprofessional conduct or practice on the part of Legal Practitioners.
  • To settle disputed points of practice and to decide all questions of professional usage or courtesy between or among Legal Practitioners.
  • To uphold the honour of the profession of the law and encourage cordial intercourse among members of the legal profession and to arrange social and sporting functions and gatherings among the legal profession, and also social and sporting functions in which the legal profession and other professions may participate.
  • To consider proposed changes in the law and to aid such amendments and reforms as are likely to benefit the public.
  • To consider all questions affecting the interest of the legal profession in the Territory and in that interest to initiate and watch over and if necessary to petition the Legislative Assembly or promote deputations in relation to general measures affecting the legal profession and to procure changes of law or practice and the promotion of improvements in the principles and administration of the law.
  • To represent the views and wishes of the legal profession in the Territory.
  • To promote information on legal subjects by lectures, discussions, books, correspondence with public bodies and individuals.
  • To seek, receive and disseminate information.
  • To do all such things as are incidental or conducive to the attainment of all or any of the objects set out in this list.
  • To carry out those functions allotted to the Society under the Act.
  • Through the by-laws, to make rulings to regulate the professional practice and conduct of Members and of other legal practitioners who hold practising certificates issued pursuant to the provisions of the Act provided that no such ruling shall be made with respect to the practice and conduct of Barristers except with the consent of the Australian Capital Territory Bar Association.