Register of Disciplinary Action
What is the Register of Disciplinary Action (RODA)?
The RODA is a register which lists disciplinary action taken against lawyers. We are required by law to maintain the RODA and make it available for public inspection on this website.
For information on action taken against non-lawyers (disqualified persons), please see the Non-lawyer Disciplinary Action page.
To search the RODA, please click the below button.
What information does the RODA contain?
The RODA lists Victorian-registered lawyers who have been found guilty of a disciplinary offence or had their practising certificate suspended or cancelled by either a Victorian court, the Victorian Legal Services Board or by the Victorian Bar (for barristers). The RODA will also list lawyers whose names have been struck off the Roll of Legal Practitioners maintained by the Supreme Court of Victoria.
Lawyers who practise in Victoria, but who have been disciplined in an interstate jurisdiction will also be listed on the Victorian RODA, if they had been admitted to practise in Victoria prior to the offence being committed.
The RODA provides the following information:
- the name of the lawyer;
- the date they were admitted to practice in Victoria;
- whether or not they hold a current practising certificate;
- their last known address;
- the date which the report was generated in RODA (date of extraction); and
- the details of the finding made against the lawyer.
How long are entries displayed?
An entry usually remains on RODA for a period of five years. After this time the law requires the entry to be removed, unless the disciplinary sanction had a longer period than five years, or was permanent. This includes where a lawyer’s name was struck off.
What information does not appear on the RODA?
There are some circumstances where a lawyer’s name will not be listed on the RODA after disciplinary action is taken against them. These include
- where the lawyer has appealed against the decision and the appeal result is not yet known,
- where disciplinary action was taken against a lawyer before they were admitted to practise in Victoria, or
- where a court has ordered the decision not be published.
Receiverships and Management appointments
The RODA will not display all instances where a court has appointed a receiver or the Board has appointed a manager to a law practice. These will only appear on the RODA if they arise from a finding of professional misconduct against a lawyer by a court or tribunal.
If a law practice has been placed in receivership or a manager appointed, this will be listed in the practice’s entry under the Register of Legal Practitioners and Law Practices.
To find out if a lawyer holds a current Australian practicing certificate, you can search the Board’s Register of Legal Practitioners & Law Practices.
How do I search the RODA?
You can look up the name of an individual lawyer by searching for either their surname or their first name. You can also find an entry by searching for the name of the law practice or employer where the lawyer worked at the time of their offending. Alternatively, you can search by sanctions or penalties handed down.
We are legally required to maintain the RODA to help protect consumers of legal services. While all reasonable care has been taken to ensure that the information on the RODA is correct at the time of publication, we are reliant on information provided by the courts, tribunals and interstate authorities. We cannot accept any liability for any loss or damage that may result from reliance on the RODA and any error, omission or defect in the information contained therein.
Any person whose name appears on the RODA may be eligible to apply to a court/tribunal for non-publication of the order, and may wish to seek independent legal advice on this matter.