The New Zealand Bar Association (NZBA) is an incorporated society.
The general functions of the NZBA are:
- To promote and encourage a strong and independent bar.
- To promote the interests of barristers and the separate independent bar, and the interests of the public in relation to legal representation and the operation of the judicial system generally.
- To preserve and maintain the independence and integrity of barristers.
- To promote and encourage a high standard of ethical conduct amongst barristers.
- To preserve and maintain the independence and integrity of the judiciary.
- To promote and encourage a high standard of legal representation and advocacy.
- To promote opportunities for the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge of the law, legal procedure, advocacy, and the conduct of litigation.
- To promote improved access to the courts and to justice for all persons.
- To assist in and promote the reform of the law and legal procedure.
- To discourage and eliminate any form of discrimination among or against barristers of the separate independent bar.
- To provide assistance and encouragement to barristers at the commencement of their practice at the separate independent bar.
- To provide means for the amicable and expeditious settlement of differences between barristers, and between barristers and solicitors.