07 February 2020
Statement from the Council of The Bar of Ireland: The fundamental importance of an independent referral Bar
It is the duty of barristers to be independent and free from any influence, especially such as may arise from their personal interests or external pressure, in the discharge of their professional duties as barristers.
Barristers cannot discriminate in favour of or against any person availing, or seeking to avail, of the services of the barrister on the grounds of race, colour, sex, sexual orientation, language, politics, religion, nationality, national or social origin, national minority, birth or other status.
This is detailed in the Code of Conduct of The Bar of Ireland, to which all members of the independent referral bar are bound. It is in accordance with the provision that everyone is entitled to access to justice, which is central to trust in the Irish legal system and the rule of law.