|Purpose:||To advise barristers in relation to continuing to act as advocates when they are also called as witnesses|
|Scope of application:||All practising barristers|
|Issued by:||The Ethics Committee|
|Status and effect:||Please see the notice at end of this document. This is not "guidance" for the purposes of the BSB Handbook I6.4.|
Q. I am instructed in a contested childcare case on behalf of the mother. At a hearing outside court, the father attacked my client’s ex-husband. I was present. The judge heard about this and has ordered a contempt hearing against the father. He has ordered that I supply a witness statement. Can I continue with the original case?
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This document has been prepared by the Bar Council to assist barristers on matters of professional conduct and ethics. It is not “guidance” for the purposes of the BSB Handbook I6.4, and neither the BSB nor a disciplinary tribunal nor the Legal Ombudsman is bound by any views or advice expressed in it. It does not comprise – and cannot be relied on as giving – legal advice. It has been prepared in good faith, but neither the Bar Council nor any of the individuals responsible for or involved in its preparation accept any responsibility or liability for anything done in reliance on it. For fuller information as to the status and effect of this document, please see here.