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Public Access FAQs

Purpose: To provide advice to barristers on issues arising from public access cases
Scope of application: All barristers qualified to accept public access instructions
Issued by: Direct Access Panel
First reviewed: 01/03/2017
Last reviewed: 01/05/2023
Status and effect: Please see the important notice at end of this document. This is not "guidance" for the purposes of the BSB Handbook I6.4.

Frequently Asked Questions that arise in relation to public access cases.

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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 refer to the professional practice and ethics section of the Bar Council’s website here.

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