The principles of right conduct which should guide the behaviour of legal practitioners. Standards of conduct are prescribed by the general law, by courts and tribunals exercising disciplinary jurisdiction, and by professional associations in the form of codes of practice or codes of ethics or both. These sources are generally concerned with acceptable or minimum standards of conduct. The field of legal ethics is concerned with these standards, with issues as to the adequacy and appropriateness of the standards, and the role of personal ethical values in determining right conduct.
(Encyclopaedic Australian Legal Dictionary, 2011)
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