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Ethics requests online

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Cite as: (2005) 79(4) LIJ, p. 14

Solicitors can now make online requests for rulings from the Law Institute of Victoria’s (LIV) Ethics Committee.

LIV Ethics lawyer James Leach said the new service would make such requests for rulings simpler and faster.

“It should speed up the process because the online form will not progress unless the compulsory information required by the Ethics Committee is provided,” he said.

Mr Leach said solicitors could still request rulings on ethical dilemmas via a letter.

As part of the overhaul of the LIV’s website, Ethics Committee rulings for the past 30 years are also now searchable on the Web and accessible to the public.

The Ethics Committee, which meets monthly, is not a court or tribunal and cannot give legal advice. However, it can rule on whether, in its view, conduct is ethical or unethical.

The Committee’s rulings are not legally binding but may be taken into consideration in court and may also be taken into account in determining whether any professional misconduct was wilful or reckless.

The web link to the Ethics Committee ruling request form can be accessed from the LIV website homepage at http://www.liv.asn.au.

For further information on Ethics Committee rulings contact Josephine Lizio on ph 9607 9327 or visit http://www.liv.asn.au/regulation/ethics.

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