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LIV response to the Victorian Bar wellbeing survey

LIV response to the Victorian Bar wellbeing survey

By LIV Media



Law Institute of Victoria president Belinda Wilson today praised the Victorian Bar for its landmark wellbeing survey, saying the high job satisfaction levels amongst barristers was a strong result but more needs to be done to reduce stress, workload pressures and poor behaviour in the legal profession.

“There is no bigger issue than the health and safety of our people and the issues around mental health and wellbeing are very real in the legal profession and we certainly can’t tolerate any form of harassment,” Ms Wilson said. “There is no place for bullying and harassment in any workplace and the legal profession must take more steps to stop this behaviour.”

Ms Wilson said the Law Institute had highlighted concerns around mental health and wellbeing in the legal profession with the Victorian Government, the Victorian Legal Services Board and with the Law Council of Australia. She said greater awareness of workplace issues as a result of the Victorian Bar survey, improved training and education around mental health and wellbeing would have a positive impact for the profession.

She said mental health and wellbeing was a key focus of the Law Institute’s Call to Parties campaign, which highlights the top 10 justice issues in the community that the LIV believes need to be addressed by politicians leading up to the Victorian election next month.

Ms Wilson said: “Mental health and wellbeing issues and daily workloads are very real in the legal profession. We know that lawyers are more likely than other professional groups to suffer anxiety and depression, with a third of solicitors and a fifth of barristers affected. Investing in wellbeing for legal professional and relieving unsustainable workloads is critical.

“The LIV is working with the Victorian Bar and the courts around judicial conduct and to develop a protocol to allow information and concerns to be raised informally and this will work alongside the formal complaints procedure available through the Judicial Commission of Victoria.”

The Law Institute will continue to advocate on behalf practitioners to get additional funding for Victoria’s courts to reduce delays and improve court services which will relieve pressure and minimise mental health and wellbeing issues in the profession.

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