New Law for advocates in Albania

September 26th, 2018 § 0 comments § permalink

The new Law on the Profession of Advocate (No.55/2018, dated 23.07.2018) entered into force on 1st of September 2018 in the Republic of Albania.

The object of this law is to define the rules of organisation and functioning of the profession of advocate.

This law defines the legal criteria for the practice of the profession of advocate as a freelance, independent, self-regulated and self-administered profession in Albania.  The law also guarantees a legal obligation to protect individual and collective interests of subjects represented by advocate.

The main principles of the profession of advocate are prescribed in the Article 3 of the law:

  1. The profession of advocate is guided by the fundamental principles of professionalism, ethics, loyalty, integrity and confidentiality.
  2. The advocate, during the practice of his/her profession, shall be guided primarily by the interests of the client he/she represents.

The new law also includes the chapters on rights and duties, practice, organisation and steering bodies, register, disciplinary proceedings and the professional education of advocates.

An unofficial translation of the Law on the Profession of Advocate in English is available here.