Lawyers, language and legal professional standards: Legal Services Commissioner v Turley [2008] LPT 4

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Jones, Nicky. 2009. "Lawyers, language and legal professional standards: Legal Services Commissioner v Turley [2008] LPT 4." University of Queensland Law Journal. 28 (2), pp. 354-360.
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Lawyers, language and legal professional standards: Legal Services Commissioner v Turley [2008] LPT 4

ERA Journal ID33967
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AuthorJones, Nicky
Journal TitleUniversity of Queensland Law Journal
Journal Citation28 (2), pp. 354-360
Number of Pages7
Year2009
PublisherThe University of Queensland Press
Place of PublicationBrisbane, Australia
ISSN0083-4041
Web Address (URL)http://www.law.uq.edu.au/uqlj/
Abstract

Lawyers have a duty to cooperate with other legal practitioners, with clients and with others they deal with in practice, and to treat them with courtesy. The duty includes the expectation that a practitioner will not use irresponsible, provocative, offensive or intimidatory language during court proceedings or in any other public forum. Although the modern lawyer will get angry, what the lawyer does with his or her anger or how the lawyer gives expression to it is a matter for ethical evaluation.

The use of inappropriate or aggressive language is an area where discipline applications seem to be on the rise. This can raise significant questions regarding the place of the lawyer in the administration of justice. Drawing on the principles expressed in disciplinary proceedings case law in this area, this article will consider some of the issues arising in relation to a legal practitioner’s use of offensive language or intimidatory conduct.

Keywordslawyers; legal practitioners; disciplinary proceedings; standards; legal profession; legal professional standards; legal professional practice; bad language; offensive language; professional misconduct
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020500105. Legal ethics
480505. Legal practice, lawyering and the legal profession
500107. Professional ethics
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