Lawyers' character, moral insight and ethical blindness

Mortensen, Reid (2002) Lawyers' character, moral insight and ethical blindness. Queensland Lawyer, 22. pp. 166-179. ISSN 0312-1658


In admission and disciplinary proceedings, directed by the overarching principle of securing the protection of the public, judges sometimes have to decide whether a person is morally qualified to practise law. Framing the discussion with an analysis of three of the Court of Appeal's decisions in 2001, this article addresses the judges' focus on the 'intrinsic character' of candidates for legal practice, and evidence that they use to measure it. Specifically, it considers the relevance of the moral judgments that candidates make about their own conduct during the investigations and proceedings, and attitudes that they show towards the proceedings themselves.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author version unavailable.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Law
Date Deposited: 24 May 2009 23:23
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2013 02:35
Uncontrolled Keywords: lawyers; character; morals; ethics
Fields of Research : 18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180121 Legal Practice, Lawyering and the Legal Profession
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2201 Applied Ethics > 220105 Legal Ethics
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2202 History and Philosophy of Specific Fields > 220204 History and Philosophy of Law and Justice
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970118 Expanding Knowledge in Law and Legal Studies

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