Around the bill On the legal profession, the scandal erupted

Вокруг законопроекта Об адвокатуре разгорается скандал

The administration of the President accused of crackdown on lawyers

The bar Council expresses the attempt of the presidential Administration “push” the right opinion on the draft law On advocacy and legal practice.

The Council of advocates of Ukraine, declares about pressure from Administration officials, the presidents in an attempt to create a “right” opinion on the draft law No. 9055 On advocacy activities, which has been repeatedly criticized by advocates. On Monday, December 3, reports UNIAN.

The Agency points out that the bar Council at its meeting on 3 December 2018 decided to appeal to the head of the presidential Administration, a statement about the pressure and request for published information about the support of the bill by legal practitioners.

In addition, the bar Council informed the national Association that “last week the Deputy head of the presidential Administration Oleksiy Filatov organized the collection of signatures in support of the bill among the representatives of the legal business.” This was allegedly organized a special meeting in the premises of AP.

“It appears that such actions are a clear pressure on independent lawyers working in law firms. Today the media citing the press-service of the President of Ukraine issued the same message that the law firm appealed to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine with support of the draft law No. 9055 On advocacy activities. At the same time on the official website of the President of Ukraine the message is not” – quoted by UNIAN the statement of the bar Council.

In this regard, the bar Council were asked to report whether such a meeting was organized in the premises of the presidential Administration, whether gathered from representatives of law firms signatures in support of the draft law No. 9055 On advocacy activities and whether or not the press-service of the President of Ukraine disseminated information on the treatment of law firms in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine with support of the draft law No. 9055.

Earlier, the bar Council declared the manipulation of the draft law No. 9055, and accused the Association of lawyers of Ukraine, “which does not represent the interests of the legal community”, in lobbying for the adoption of the document by the Verkhovna Rada.

Prior to this, the lawyers launched a flash mob against the President’s bill On the bar.

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