Jones, Nicky (2009) Lawyers, language and legal professional standards: Legal Services Commissioner v Turley  LPT 4. University of Queensland Law Journal, 28 (2). pp. 354-360. ISSN 0083-4041
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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.
|Item Type:||Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)|
|Additional Information:||Accepted version deposited in accordance with the copyright requirement of the publisher (Univ of Qld Law School) http://www.law.uq.edu.au/uqlj-submissions|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||lawyers; legal practitioners; disciplinary proceedings; standards; legal profession; legal professional standards; legal professional practice; bad language; offensive language; professional misconduct|
|Subjects:||390000 Law, Justice and Law Enforcement > 390200 Professional Development of Law Practitioners > 390201 Legal Practice|
|Depositing User:||Dr Nicky Jones|
|Date Deposited:||30 Mar 2010 08:02|
|Last Modified:||02 Jul 2013 23:42|
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