7. Duties owed to the Courts and Clients
Past version: effective from 30/05/2016 - 29/05/2016
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(1) Lawyers must act in the best interests of each client and represent each client's case in a manner that is consistent with the proper administration of justice.
(2) Lawyers who represent clients before the Courts must:
(a) at the earliest opportunity, inform the Courts and every other party to the proceedings of their identity and that they represent the client; and
(b) promptly inform the Courts and every other party to the proceedings of any change in such representation.
(3) When acting for a client in any proceedings before the Courts, lawyers —
(a) must not express their personal opinion of the client's conduct or allow their personal feelings to affect their duty to the Courts;
(b) not knowingly or recklessly advance any submission, opinion or proposition which they know or ought to reasonably know, is contrary to the law; and
(c) must disclose to the Courts every relevant fact, item of evidence, item of information or other matter which they are required by law to disclose to the Courts.
(4) Lawyers shall not agree to act for a client in any proceedings before the Courts where a client's best interests may conflict with their or their law firms' own interests in the same or related proceedings.
(5) Lawyers shall not seek to prolong court proceedings unnecessarily, nor shall they undertake work in a manner which improperly increases their fees.
(6) Lawyers shall keep information communicated to them by their client confidential unless such disclosure is authorised by the client, ordered by the Courts or required by law.