June 2015 – CCBE-IBA-ELF-UNBA Joint Conference on Representation by Advocates in Court Proceedings in Kiev, Ukraine

September 18th, 2015 § 0 comments

Maria Ślązak , CCBE President, at the joint conference in Kiev

Maria Ślązak , CCBE President

On 5-6 June 2015, the IBA, UNBA, CCBE and ELF held a successful joint conference on ‘Representation by Advocates in Court Proceedings’ in Kiev which brought together European expert speakers with representatives of the Ukrainian authorities, the Ukrainian National Bar Association (UNBA), advocates as well as representatives of European and international organisations (see conference programme and presentations). Under current Ukrainian legislation, any person in Ukraine – without legal education – can provide legal advice to clients and represent them in courts in civil proceedings. The UNBA has been urging the government to change the law so that only advocates can represent clients in civil court proceedings. The CCBE President, Maria Ślązak, who participated in this conference, presented the CCBE views on the issue of representation by lawyers in court proceedings (in support of the UNBA position), which are also set out in a letter sent to the authorities in Ukraine on 26 March 2015. The IBA and CCBE hope to publish a final report with recommendations in the coming weeks. The report should assist the Bar in their further dealings with the public authorities in order to ensure representation by advocates in courts.

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