Professional Discipline

All barristers in Hong Kong are subject to the Code of Conduct issued by the HKBA (“Bar Code”). The Bar Code sets out the main principles governing the duties and conduct of barristers. If a barrister acts in breach of the Bar Code, the Bar Council may refer the matter to the Barristers Disciplinary Tribunal, which is an independent body comprising members appointed by the Chief Justice. If the Barristers Disciplinary Tribunal finds that a barrister is guilty of a disciplinary offence, it has power to impose different forms of punishment which include fine, suspension and striking off.