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Mission Statement & Objectives

Mission Statement

The Law Society of the Northern Territory promotes the interests of its members and the public by providing leadership in a time of change and by:

  • Facilitating and improving the delivery of fair, economic and efficient legal services;
  • Enhancing access to justice, improving the law and maintaining individual rights;
  • Being accountable for and maintaining the highest standards of professional conduct;
  • Representing and promoting the Northern Territory legal profession and the legal services it provides to the community.

This mission statement was approved by the Law Society Northern Territory Council on 28 January 1999.


The objectives of the Society are:

  1. To carry out its objects and exercise the powers granted to it pursuant to the Legal Profession Act;
  2. to advance the study of law;
  3. to promote the administration of justice and development and improvement of law throughout the Territory;
  4. to encourage and assist suitable persons to enter into the legal profession;
  5. to promote the establishment in the Territory of facilities for legal training;
  6. to support and protect the character, status and interest of the legal profession and legal practitioners generally in the Territory;
  7. to promote honourable practice, to suppress malpractice, professional misconduct, unprofessional conduct and unprofessional practice on the part of legal practitioners;
  8. to settle disputed points of practice and to decide all questions of professional usage or courtesy between or among legal practitioners;
  9. to uphold the honour of the profession of the law, and encourage cordial intercourse among members of the legal profession and to arrange social and sporting functions and gatherings among the legal profession, and also social and sporting functions in which the legal profession and other professions may participate;
  10. to consider proposed changes in the law and to aid such amendments and reforms thereof as are likely to benefit the public;
  11. to consider all questions affecting the interest of the legal profession in the Territory and in that interest to initiate and watch over, and if necessary to petition parliament or promote deputations, in relation to general measures affecting the legal profession and to procure changes of law or practice and the promotion of improvements in the principles and administration of the law;
  12. to represent the views and wishes of the legal profession;
  13. to promote information on legal subjects by lectures, discussions, books, correspondence with public bodies and individuals or otherwise;
  14. to seek, receive and disseminate information;
  15. to provide rooms and other facilities for members;
  16. to afford assistance to members in their practices as legal practitioners by the provision of services and facilities of all kinds including, where appropriate, services and facilities for which fees may be charged;
  17. to promote and administer or assist in the administration of insurance schemes, retirement and assurance schemes, superannuation schemes or provident funds for members or the employees of members;
    • to make arrangements with banks for the payment to the Society of amounts equivalent in amount to/or representing interest on trust monies held by legal practitioners or firms of legal practitioners in trust accounts with banks in the Territory;
    • to receive from banks any monies that may be paid to the Society in accordance with arrangements made under the preceding sub-clause and to hold and stand possessed of all such moneys for public charitable purposes upon the trusts of a Public Purposes Trust Fund, and to that end to enter into and execute a Deed of Trust to establish such a Public Purposes Trust Fund on such terms and conditions as the Society may deem appropriate;
    • to promote and administer or assist in the promotion and administration of a Public Purposes Trust Fund as hereinbefore referred to and for such purposes to undertake the office of trustee of such a Public Purposes Trust Fund and to perform and discharge the duties and functions incidental thereto;
    • to amend, vary or alter from time to time any such arrangements, trusts, terms and conditions in such manner as the Society may deem appropriate; and
    • to do all such things as are incidental or conducive to the attainment of all or any of the above objects.
Last modified: 09/03/2018 2:58 PM

Office Location

Level 3, 9 Cavenagh Street
Darwin NT 0800

Mailing Address

GPO Box 2388
Darwin NT 0801


Telephone: (08) 8981 5104
Fax: (08) 8941 1623
ABN: 62 208 314 893